Blind Americans to Protest Discrimination in Entertainment April 2
National Federation of the Blind to Lead Protest Against New CW TV Series
New York (March 27, 2019)
Event: National Federation of the Blind #LetUsPlayUs Protest
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Place: CBS Corporation, 52 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Attention Entertainment, Arts, and Culture Editors/Reporters:
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) – the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, with affiliates in every state and multiple special interest divisions, including one dedicated to the performing arts – will protest the forthcoming CW TV show In the Dark next Tuesday, April 2, two days before the show’s scheduled premier. The informational protest will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In the Dark features a blind lead character who is not portrayed by a blind actor. On March 12, the National Federation of the Blind issued a statement condemning the show and calling for its cancellation, and highlighting the lack of authentic representation of blind people in the entertainment industry throughout its history. The organization also wrote to the show’s producers and to CW/CBS executives requesting an urgent meeting. The NFB received a response from the show’s executives stating that they are interested in meeting with the NFB after the first season has aired. The NFB replied that meeting prior to the show airing is crucial, but so far, the executives have neither accepted nor declined a request to meet prior to April 2.