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To provide jobs for competent blind actors is one immediate benefit. (Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going all Affirmative Action here, and saying we should cast a terrible actor simply because he is blind.) How about we give blind actors a chance to fight for some roles too?

At least we can stop the discrimination and the "obviously they can't" attitude that pervades Hollywood.

While the practice of blindface may not overtly intend to be stereotypical, it ends up doing that very thing. They humrously drive cars, and sentimentally feel others' faces.

Blindness is often the central meme, whether creating angst or conflict or even a superhuman "overcoming" of great magnitude. The trouble is that these stereotypes are all most people ever know about blind people. (The script for this one absolutely cracked me up; they poked fun at some of the experiences that blind people have daily. Correction: I'm told he wasn't famous when he made this.

Thankfully, the practice died out during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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