:: Charm offensive (Guardian Unlimited) ::

Charm offensive (Guardian Unlimited)

Far from being a showcase for talented deaf women, Miss Deaf UK only served to highlight how ignorant the hearing community remains

Annie Kelly
Wednesday April 18, 2007
The Guardian

In June, the first Miss Deaf UK will pack her tiara and head off to Prague to compete in the international Miss Deaf World 2007, leaving a trail of acrimony in her wake.
According to most people involved, last month’s Miss Deaf UK was an unmitigated disaster. Instead of its aim of championing integration and showcasing the talents of young women in the deaf community, a new BBC documentary aired this week shows how the pageant, held at a Knightsbridge nightclub, descended into chaos and reveals the cultural divide that still separates the deaf and hearing communities. continued

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