Nyle DiMarco, one of the deaf community’s most prominent members is not happy with comedian Jamie Foxx after his fake sign language during a promo of his then upcoming appearance on The Tonight Show which airs on Thursdays to promote his new Fox reality show Beat Shazam.
Jamie Foxx provided some fake sign language as host Jimmy Fallon did the mini-ad which advertised Foxx’s then upcoming appearance on The Tonight Show.
Nyle DiMarco, a model by profession and also the Dancing With the Stars season 22 champion was quick to share his views on Jamie Foxx’s sign language and branded it as insensitive and absolute gibberish. He slammed the actions on social media and expressed that such actions should not be allowed in 2017.
DiMarco express his frustration on Twitter by sharing the promotional spot on Twitter: the post read “.@iamjamiefoxx, It is straight up disrespectful to make up sign language,” it went on “Everything is in gibberish.”
.@iamjamiefoxx, It is straight up disrespectful to make up sign language.
Everything is in gibberish. pic.twitter.com/X5AHkusq3o
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) May 27, 2017
DiMarco went ahead to explain his views in a later statement and emphasized that Foxx’s actions are the sort of thing that makes things needlessly difficult for the hearing impaired.
“We simply do not make fun at the expense of other cultures, especially those with a history of being marginalized,” exclaimed DiMarco. “When we do this, progress takes a step backward.” he wrote in part “What Foxx did on Fallon Tonight made our struggle that much harder.”
Reports have suggested that NBC had reached out to the Dancing With the Stars champ.
Looking at it from the perspective portrayed by Nyle DiMarco I think Jammie Foxx owes the community an apology for his actions although I believe they were not intentional.
What is your take on this?