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Nyle DiMarco Slams Netflix's 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser' Over Character Pretending to Be Deaf

Nyle DiMarco Slams Netflix's 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser' Over Character Pretending to Be Deaf

The new Netflix movie Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, starring Shannon Purser and Noah Centineo, is being criticized for their portrayal of a character pretending to be deaf.

Model, activist, and past DWTS winner Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf in real life, took to Twitter to speak to the issue.

“So one of my close friends’ deaf brother is in Sierra Burgess When I learned, I was elated. Finally more deaf actors/representation & ASL inclusion in films … Only to find out the deaf character was written and used for a terrible joke. PS- pretending to be deaf is NOT ok,” Nyle tweeted over the weekend. “There were homophobic and transphobic jokes as well.”

“It is extremely easy to make jokes about marginalized/disfranchised groups … but that makes you a lazy writer,” he continued. “And honestly you shouldn’t make these jokes AT ALL because our lives are on the line.”

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  • dee

    this entire movie was a mess, not even peter kavinsky couldve saved it… catfishing… revenge porn….pretending to be deaf ….i mean…jesus, how did they think this would be a good teen romance in the 2018′s

  • Max

    I am gay and I had no problem with the gay jokes. don’t be offended by everything. it’s 2018 yes, and we should have equal rights. but that doesn’t mean we have to be super serious all the time. chill the f. out.

  • Naynay

    it’s about teenagers I mean if teenagers were smart we would know by now ! why are people so uptight these days. If it was a joke about deaf people I would get it but it’s clearly not a joke, the character just pretends to be deaf so the guy wouldn’t recognize her voice (where’s the joke ?) it’s like pretending to be cool, or pretending to know something when you don’t or pretending to be pretty … we’ve all pretended to be someone else at some point, ain’t it all what teenagers do. And the deaf character is actually pretty sweet, I personaly felt like it was normalising deaf people and making them part of our everyday life

  • Lisa

    Lol he clearly didn’t watch the movie. Sierra pretended to be deaf for like 30 seconds just so a guy wouldn’t recognize her voice. That was it. I genuinely don’t get why anyone would be offended by that…