I decided to stand up with DeafNation as the founder of The Deaf Dream and others who have not been afraid to call out the media as well as Chelsea Handler. For those of you who don’t know, thankfully there was an interpreter present when Mayor Bloomberg spoke about Sandy, evacuation announcements, and other important information. The interpreter, Lydia Callis, who appropriately interpreted the gravity of the situation, has been mocked at every turn for using American Sign Language correctly. Our language, in it’s very nature, is visual and expressive. We disapprove of any media that has made fun of our language and our culture. Chelsea Handler went too far in my opinion and mocked not just Callis, but all Deaf as well.
Your Opinion: Do you feel Chelsea Handler should apologize?
This is not the first time that ASL has been made fun of; since the days of oralist Alexander Graham Bell our language has been labeled “monkey language”, “grotesque gestures” and worse. We are not going to just sit by while this happens again. I am supporting DeafNation Joel Barish‘s efforts to stop this. It’s tricky for The Deaf Dream to promote Deaf rights around the world when our people back home still live in the stone ages when ASL was not considered language but a crutch and a nuisance.
Your Opinion: Do you think I’m being to hard on Chelsea?
If you think I’m too sensitive about this, read this excellent article by Reno Berkeley. I’m not the only person who feels this way.
Ok, I’m getting off my soapbox now…I’m passing the baton. Comment below about your feelings concerning the show!
Curious as to why Bloomberg’s interpreter was so expressive?