There's been several recent events that just irritated the hell out of me...
Snowstorm Press Conference
After the New York Mayor de Blassio Press Conference on the Snowstorm last week there's been several reporters writing about how "bizarre", "theatrics", "ridiculous" the ASL interpreter was. Some doubted if it was real, others mocked it.
Jonathan Lamberton, the Interpreter, explains, “I think ASL has typically been depicted to the public in the ‘nicer’ form that hearing people are able to use, and that deaf people typically use with hearing people. The ASL that deaf people use among each other hasn’t been seen on screen much so I think that’s part of the reason people reacted so strongly.”
Most of the "message" is conveyed through facial expressions and body language. If they had a timid, quiet interpreter, it'd be like listening to Ben Stein's monotonous lecture. "There's a snowstorm coming, do you understand? Anyone? Anyone?"
These hearing people need to mute their TVs and turn off the captioning and then try and tell me what's being said, the urgency and importance of the news? Can they? Seriously if these ignorant people were at a Deaf Club,, they'd freak out! They'd probably go in expecting it to be all quiet and noiseless *scoff* they'd be soooo wrong! Music blaring til it shakes the floor, people lively signing to each other, howls of laughter, floor stomping to get another's attention, and yes even yelling at them while vigorously waving. ASL is a beautiful, vibrant, lively, and visual language and can express far more than English can!
This movie was released in January. It's about a portrait of a rural family's inner lives and their relationships. The father is a stern, hard-working dairy farmer struggling to maintain control of his family. His wife, Christina who is deaf, retreats into herself, progressively disconnecting from him an their five children.
Now why would a movie about a deaf character irritate me? Because the actress who plays Christina is HEARING! They put a hearing actress into a deaf role! There's scores of deaf actors and actresses out there who can play the part and UNDERSTAND the role better too! What if someone decided to cast a white person, paint him black and put them in a African-American role? Can you imagine the shitstorm that would cause?
Am I the only one? No! Check out the #deaftalent Twitter feed and you'll see scores of Deaf people's outrage, concern, hurt and informative tweets. What made it worse is that Madeas removed all comments relating to #deaftalent off their Facebook page and they're upset with us! Seriously? Now THAT'S ignorant!
So yeah I'm irritated! Tired of the ignorance, mocking, and plain stupidity of some people! To these people...DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Learn about Deaf Culture, Sign Language, and Deaf Society as a whole before you jump to your lame conclusions!
Right now I can think of a few "bizarre, ridiculous, lively, animated, overacted" cuss words for these dumbasses who call themselves reporters.
One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon