21: Double Jeers to Matt Hamill & Eben Kostbar
Posted by ridor9th on May 11, 2008
Update: I found Eben Kostbar’s email address. Feel free to bombard and bury him alive! His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update II: I made a vlog on this subject — it is not about the autobiography that Aidan Mack wanted it to be, nor Matt Hamill’s small company, small project or cheap-assed low-budget film production — it is all about the principle! Capisce?
Condescending. That is the word that first came to me when I think of Matt Hamill.
Double cheers to Amy Cohen-Efron for alerting the communities about Matt Hamill picking a hearing actor to perform as Deaf person in some cheap-assed independent low-budget film production. The result is that it sends a ripple effect to Washington and Rochester where Gallaudet and NTID/RIT subsequently cancelled the production’s attempts to hold the casting calls.
It prompted some silly people like Benis, Lolypup and Candy to whine about us standing up for what is right. They rather us to be passive and cower before these people. Shame on ye!
Matt Hamill then wrote on his website to slam Amy Cohen Efron, “It’s unfortunate that there is always a small portion of the deaf community that feels the need to protest the most trivial things in life.”
This simply reflects how stupid Matt Hamill can be when it comes to the issues within Deaf communities. The truth is that Matt is incredibly narcissistic. He thinks of his cock himself excessively. He does not care if his actions set our communities 20 or 30 years behind nor send a message to Hollywood industry that casting hearing people as Deaf in a major role and Deaf actors as deaf in minor roles are fine.
Hello? Remember blackface? YOu do not do that to African-American communities. And it is OK to do the same thing to Deaf Communities? Hello! Are you that *stupid*, Matt?
Matt attempted to turn the tables by portraying Amy Cohen-Efron as one of “extremists”.
Let’s face the music: Amy is knowledgeable about Deaf-related issues. Matt Hamill? Nyet! Amy knew the ramifications when one casted a hearing actor as deaf character in any film will deny the opportunities for Deaf people to work in film industry. Matt does not know an iota of things like that. He’s too busy beating up on others to show the world that he’s all tough.
Eben Kostbar, the hearing actor, who made a statement trying to appease the Deaf people on his MySpace profile, “In addition, through the process of reaching out to the Deaf Community, immersing myself in the Deaf Culture, becoming fluent in ASL and following Matt around for weeks, I have new respect and have fallen completely in love with the Deaf Culture, language and all its beautiful nuances. It was during this humbling process that I realized the debate of a hearing person playing a deaf role could be an issue. However, because of my new exposure and extensive dedication during this process I know I am 100% ready to live up to the high standards the deaf community deserves and rightfully demands.”
Wrong, Eben! No hearing person is ever 100% ready to portray as Deaf — they always fail. You did *not* fall in love with Deaf Culture and language — you only fell in love with Matt Hamill.
The whole point is that casting hearing actor in a major role as Deaf character *sends* a message out there that we will never be good as hearing people on any productions.
Eben was quick to point out with a smack of arrogance as if we owed him something: “However, please think of this: I helped birth a project, which will educate a large audience about Deaf Culture while at the same time presenting opportunities for the deaf community in front and behind the camera.”
This reeks of paternalism. This man thinks he is going to help us by doing us a favor. How paternalistic is this?
I’m so glad that Gallaudet and NTID/RIT has decided to boot them out. Serves them right. On other hand, this production team claims that they will hold a casting call in New York City — I’m urging Deaf people in the area to protest and disrupt this one in New York City.
Something has to be done over there in New York City.
I want to thank Amy Cohen-Efron for alerting us about this disgraceful plans — let’s face the music: The film will flop, no question about it! We must boycott and bury this film to a point where it shall never see the light of the day.
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