Kevin McHale plays the lovable wheelchair-bound character Artie on the hit series Glee, but the actor is not paralyzed in real life.
However, when the cast of the Fox comedy performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll and on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Kevin performed his numbers in a wheelchair. The big question is: should he have?
The cast sang 'Don't Stop Believin'' and 'Somebody to Love' at both appearances, set to the crew's signature dance moves. The numbers are choreographed as they are in the show, so it makes sense for Kevin to stay in character while performing live, but should the live appearances be held to a different standard?
The show has incorporated sensitive storylines based on Artie, and in an interview with PopEater, Kevin defended the choice to cast him as the character. "The point wasn't to get somebody who was in a wheelchair," he said. "It was the actor. It's the part that you're playing."
What do you think? Should Kevin continue to perform his numbers as Artie? If he were not in the wheelchair, he'd have to learn all new choreography. Does that affect your opinion?