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Marlee Matlin slams CBS for no longer appearing ASL performers at Tremendous Bowl: “I’m completely SHOCKED”

Marlee Matlin referred to as out CBS for no longer appearing deaf performers, equivalent to Shaheem Sanchez (pictured), right through its Tremendous Bowl telecast Sunday. The large recreation featured a number of ASL performers right through the pre-game and the halftime display, however none of them gained vital airtime.

“I’m completely SHOCKED at CBS for introducing the deaf performers at lately’s Tremendous Bowl after which no longer appearing even one 2nd (or extra) in their efficiency . . . as has been custom for the ultimate 30 years,” the Oscar-winning deaf actor wrote on social media. “WHY!?”

Matlin’s “CODA” costar Daniel Durant carried out the nationwide anthem (which was once sung through Reba McEntire) whilst Anjel Piñero carried out “The us the Stunning” (which was once sung through Put up Malone) right through the pre-game. Sanchez carried out “Elevate Each and every Voice and Sing” (which was once sung through Andra Day) along with Usher’s halftime display. CBS had shared on X a touchdown web page on its website online that featured a livestream of its ASL performers.

CBS in the past got here beneath fireplace for a similar causes for ultimate 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl. “The inclusion of 3 deaf artists on the Tremendous Bowl is a kick in the proper path, however the community’s remedy in their performances? It was once not up to very good,” wrote Alison Stine for Salon. Even though ASL performers Justina Miles, Troy Kotsur and Colin Denny all gained overwhelming reward for his or her performances, they have been tough to search out onscreen for the deaf target market at house. A YouTube hyperlink promised audience get admission to to the signal language performances, however the hyperlink was once mislabeled, the feed was once glitchy and the printed contained no captions.


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