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Deaf contest @ Big Brother


The Sun is reporting there’s a deaf contestant in this year’s Channel 4’s Big Brother.

TWENTY potential housemates include the most outrageous ever picked, claim BB bosses.

There’s a butch lesbian who allegedly self-harms and boozes, a professional drag queen, the show’s first deaf girl and a gay muscleman described as “sex mad”.

This year’s series starts at 9pm this evening, where the new house mates will be introduced.

Via Tony Barlow @ Deaf UK Chat.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Gradual Hearing Loss of Gil Grissom

May 30, 2007

CSI– Crime Scene Investigation is a TV murder sitcom. I love watching the show on DVDs. My partner has all seasons. I finished the first two seasons, and now I am on my third season. I just can’t explain just why I love it so much– there are so many reasons– the murder mysteries, forsenic techniques used, the drama between colleagues, and even the hotness of the movie actors such as William Pedersen, Eric Szmanda, Gary Dourdan, and George Eads. They are hot, hot, hot…You, the reader, might not get why I love CSI– such why I don’t get why readers love South Park, The Simpsons, and other shows. Heh!

Now, throughout the seasons, Gil Grissom, the head of the CSI Lab, has a progressive hearing loss. It is genetic– from his Deaf mother. In some of the shows, especially in the third season, Gil’s hearing loss becomes an issue for him. Gil also knows ASL, although not fluent. My partner, Brad, is an intermediate level ASL user, and he can tell that Will Pedersen’s ASL production is awkward.

How is the show portraying hearing loss and Deaf Culture through the primary character, Gil Grissom, and other secondary characters? The show also brings attention to hearing loss, Deafness, Deaf Culture, and ASL. Is Gil being portrayed accurately as it reflects in today’s culture?

Discussions to this CSI topic are welcome… please comment!

Marlee Matlin Mystery Solved!

A thought-provoking blog post over at Mo Rocca 180 (”only half as tedious as the regular news”) concerning Marlee Matlin’s presence at the AMERICAN IDOL finale. Why would a deaf person bother to show up, he asked – and Marlee Matlin responded. Worthwhile reading, ya hear?