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Deaf model Nyle DiMarco criticizes Hollywood actor for mocking sign language

May 31, 2017

Deaf model and disability rights activist Nyle DiMarco has strongly criticized Hollywood star Jamie Foxx for pretending to use sign language on a recent TV show.

He told Foxx that it was disrespectful to make up sign language and said that the TV host should not have allowed this to happen.

DiMarco, who has a foundation that works to help the hearing-impaired, particularly with access to sign-language education, also said that one should not make fun at the expense of others, especially those who have a history of being left out.

In December 2015, DiMarco became the first deaf contestant to win 'America's Next Top Model.' In May 2016, he became the first deaf contestant to win 'Dancing With the Stars' even though he could not hear the music.

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