Caring and Sharing and Daring
kudos to folks who say nuh uh when ASL is not represented rightly and when falsehoods go flying
case in point #1:
the No Church in the Wild’ “ASL” video article in huffpost
folks here and there objected to the mangling up of ASL and the huffpost has smartened up and realized maybe they shouldnt be praising ASL videos when they don’t speak ASL. Maybe they should get a consultant – this is all good so i truly hope they get a GOOD consultant – a Deaf native ASLer and one with professional experience in consulting
Added: Huffington Post did a follow up article and also got pow pow quotes from NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum as a result of Deaf community folks saying NOT COOL mark & co and Huffpost. Community accountability works eh?
case in point #2:
The Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman ASL “My Valentine” video – i dont think the flare up over the signing is really justified cuz by and large they did a mighty fine job and it is a pretty video – just artfully shot and executed. Johnny signs “apply” instead of “appear” and he looks kinda pained and stressed and its hard to sign with a guitar in your arms and the “#ucking valentine” well i just love that one – i might even start adopting that sign “i bloody dang love u, luv” smile. the only criticism i have for that video is:
1. did they use a true Deaf ASL consultant to teach them signs? my thinking is they didnt cuz if they did some of the sign choices would be better and the grammar would be less English
2. there are parts of the song that are totally absent of any ASL – just poof or mouth movement so its like – ohhh this is just for show and tell? meaning that if i chopped out the audio indiscriminately Hearing folks would be like wtf smile so it would have been a wee bit better if they honored the language start to finish
3. NO FACIAL EXPRESSIONS – so maybe they r trying for a minimalist approach or maybe that is just Natalie’s way – i have seen her in a few flicks and she is just subdued in her facial expression and Johnny has that focused, farrowed brow look – almost pained. Much of ASL grammar and intention and tone and inflection is carried by facial expression so either this was a minimalist experiment OR all they did was learn the hand motions without the heart of it so….
a challenge for ya all – Lets make our own “My Valentine” video and put it out there with facial expressions – put it in black and white behind a black backdrop and show ’em how it could be done as an inspiration and out of respect for what they did achieve
they HAVE achieved something mighty nice there. i do think its beautifully shot – especially the overlapping of signs – that is just very sweet and conveys meaning and message and visual sound
if u do do this – keep the #ucking valentine in the last refrain – i just love it smile
case in point #3:
folks real upset by the b.s. in the NPR article – that there is VERY disappointing and unjust. just totally WRONG – for shame NPR – u know way better than that. BALANCED ha! unbiased ha! and why didnt u even include anything from the new article by Humphries et al re: the HARMS of cochlear implants. Glad ya all said – stop this crap.
Added – Audism Free America has a letter out to NPR’s ombudsman re: the article
case in point #4:
De’VIA is not for the old smile – some folks got mighty unhappy when a presenter was presenting Deaf View / Image Art (De’VIA) as some passe form of artistic expression for old disgruntled folks and tried to re-write history and truths as if everything was happy happy now and conceptual artists were all hip and young (while listing several OLD conceptual artists) oy! Also she presented by barely showing any art at all – we r a visual people RIGHT? and it was a presentation ABOUT visual art so ya think she would have shown some but fortunately good folks on the ground know the truth – audism still exists and must be resisted and Deaf gain is dandy and should be celebrated and all these are part of Deafhood and are expressed via art from old to young and in many forms – not just in conceptual art but in traditional, classic, abstract, etc etc
case in point #5:
ASL literature is not translated works from English. Some folks got mighty upset when a presenter presented a “festival of ASL literature” by not showing any real ASL literature at all – not one ASL folktale, abc story, poem etc was shown or performed but rather he used the time to discuss the translation of the bible (which is itself a translated work and not even English literature). Folks were upset because ASL literature has a wealth of good stuff that often does NOT get its day in the sun but should and because translation is translation – it is NOT creating new works out of a language that is like no other. and cuz knowledge and truths are IMPORTANT
case in point #6:
folks r starting to wake up to the 2nd wave of Oralism – their feets have grown numb from leaving them dangling as the water has risen and now they are stamping them awake and hitting the pavement and saying wtf – Oral / Aural only schools are making a come back? Oral / Aural only schools are taking money away from Deaf bilingual – bicultural schools OY
See all the activism re: EHDI badness and Hear Indiana and Hand and Voices coup
so news in but still awaiting confirmation:
St Joseph (see AFA vigil at the old St Joseph school to see how St Joseph implements oral /aural only) school in Kansas is closing. (still have one in St Louis Mo and an outreach program in Indiana)
Brian B. got arrested for standing outside the governor of Indiana’s office peacefully holding a sign and objecting to the wittling away at one of the FEW bilingual-bicultural options for Deaf children in this country.
We waking up folks. We caring about our language, our culture and our people (did you know we are a PEOPLE of the handeyes?) and we are DARING to be awake, aware, and active.
Keep jumping at the sun
(and u can toss a snowball while u r at it – its snowing in rochy this am)
thank u to each and all of u who STAND – u r grand