Monday, 15 July 2019

How hearing people see deaf via their support?

I should be allowed to play a tree if I want.

Twitter Is Calling Out Scarlett Johansson And It's Now A Huge Meme "I should be allowed to play any person..."

[What's with all this 'meme' nonsense anyway?  Is it people trying to make us take them seriously?] Sorry folks I'm with her on this, just because minority groups insist on own people doing jobs they aren't trained for or don't believe in won't cut it.  They will be telling film producers who they can or cannot hire next, then films are dead.

Deaf people cannot convince anyone they are hearing, any more than a wheelchair disabled person can do the role of long-distance runners and the relentless lectures on awareness are a turn off too.  The key term here is acting, that is, portraying something you aren't,  they aren't doing own autobiographies...  these trans and other groups just don't get it and twitter doesn't pay film entrance costs we do.  The mistake is in assuming social media can tell us who we want to watch or can't.  Or, even what or whom we have to accept or not.

"Actor Scarlett Johansson often gets called out for taking on roles that should be played by the minorities they portray. For example, she depicted Major Motoko Kusanagi, an Asian woman, in the movie Ghost in the Shell. She was also supposed to play a trans man before deciding not to. 

"You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job," she said.  "I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions." 

"I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do."

Going for the Pulitzer prize

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Saw this recently, I don't usually look at deaf books because they are boringly repetitive and basically nothing to do with my sector and I don't read fiction anyway.  Social media of the HoH variety is starting to plug it..

Review#1: It is a great book, I am Canadian and read this when it first came out, passed on to my sisters to get more insight, my brothers not so interested, but yes a good read for all with hearing loss. 

Response #2:  Why just those with hearing loss?  I'm halfway through mine too, I went to a book shop and could only find books about deaf with sign language. I asked the bookseller where are the books from the hard of hearing and non-signing areas? he directed me to just one shelf, that was comprised of 5 books about clinical issues of deafness, after that, I felt I had to put pen to the proverbial electronic paper to balance it out a bit.   

We don't campaign, we don't write anything much either according the book shop, who was quite willing to have an 'HoH' book on his shelf, (we need to ask first?), but nobody offers him one.   I told him erm.. we don't actually use labels like HoH/HI/Deaf/deaf etc... that's the 'other' people...  Unfortunately, I am an old fart of advanced years, I cannot compete with this lady, so prior to flogging my opus, I will be in photoshop doing my best to look like I was not hit by a  bus and with a face resembling the Chiswick flyover.  At least it will be me writing it and not some hack doing it for a lazy-arsed celeb, who never mastered joined up writing... (Or too young to have had a life).

#3  I suspect NOT writing about how hard it all is, is the real key to wider appreciation, best talk about you and your life who 'just happens to have hearing loss' then more hearing readers can relate to it, don't make it one long complaint about how hearing loss needs more awareness, its a killer, mainstream has more issues than it wants to deal with as it is. 

#4 I'm writing one on 'How to succeed without using your hands..'  and a follow up entitled, 'I was Paddy Ladd's love child..'  I expect 9m Hard of Hearing to pay top dollar for it lol... and a bit of angst from the Deaf community will only help sales...

#5  I just hope it isn't yet another '15 things to do when you meet..'. stretched to buggery to fill space, let's hear about the person not the issues.  And just stop with the whining and how bad hearing people are, we ALL were one once..