Alec Baldwin movie 'Blind' ripped by disability group for casting him as a sightless man


Alec Baldwin's movie "Blind" has come under fire from a group that advocates for the disabled for casting the "30 Rock" alum in the role of a sightless person.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Ruderman Family Foundation president Jay Ruderman accused the movie of "treating disability as a costume," likening the casting to blackface.

"Alec Baldwin in 'Blind' is just the latest example of treating disability as a costume," Ruderman said. "We no longer find it acceptable for white actors to portray black characters. Disability as a costume needs to also become universally unacceptable."

The film, which is scheduled for release July 14, stars Baldwin as Bill Oakland, a novelist who's blinded in a car crash that also takes the life of his wife. Oakland's passion for life and writing is reinvigorated when be begins an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwinand Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actor Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Rafael Thomas Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actor Alec Baldwin and daughter Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Hilaria Baldwin and Rafael Thomas Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, actor Alec Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin and Carmen Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Leonardo Angel Charles Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin attends 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin attends 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott also star in the film.

According to the Foundation's website, the group advocates for "the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society; strengthening the sense of commitment and responsibility towards the American Jewish community among Israeli leadership; and modeling the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide."

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