One of our favorite things on “Glee” is Sue Sylvester’s ever-loyal and quippy hench-Cheerio Becky, who just happens to have Down Syndrome. Becky is played by Lauren Potter, and she’s made such an impression that none other than President Obama has taken notice (helped along by Malia and Sasha, we’d imagine).
Obama has appointed Potter to The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, according to CNN (via EW). The committee discusses issues surrounding how people with intellectual disabilities can live and overcome the challenges they face.
Potter has spoken out in the past about how she was bullied in school. “Kids in elementary school made me eat sand, and those same boys would walk behind me, teasing me. Finally I had enough, and I told them to ‘grow up,’” she told People magazine. She currently is attending Irvine Valley College and has been an advocate for the rights of intellectually disabled Americans for the last few years.
But nothing has had more impact than being Becky, and Potter has held her own acting with Jane Lynch. Next to “Glee,” this committee is going to be a sinch for her.
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