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MTV Fails To Close-Caption True Life: I'm Deaf!

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Come on, guys!

It's been brought to our attention that MTV's latest addition to the online collection of their True Life series, True Life: I'm Deaf isn't close-captioned!!!

The episode, which originally aired in 2008, is streaming on MTV.com for the world to hear and see… except for the hearing impaired.

Real sensitive, MTV!

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26 comments to “MTV Fails To Close-Caption True Life: I'm Deaf!”

  1. 1

    Yes, please give us a lecture on sensitivity dipshit.

  2. 2

    That's dumb. What is the point of the show if it's not captioned. People who are hearing impaired and deaf are going to want to watch this but won't be able to.

  3. 3

    Who gives a toss, put up some pics of your party last night, fatboy

  4. 4

    Typical. Pretty much nothing online, or in iTunes for that matter, is captioned. My husband is deaf. It's very frustrating.. especially since so many people are intensive and/or ignorant. Thanks Perez for bringing it to attention.

  5. 5

    I am training to be a closed-captioner, and it is disgusting how many things are not available for the hard-of-hearing communities. Thanks for bringing this up, Perez.

  6. chlyn says – reply to this


    None of MTV's online shows are close-captioned. Maybe there are technical considerations that are different from television broadcasts.

  7. 7

    True Life doesn't close caption any of their episodes…why would they do it for just one…? The real story is not just about why True Life doesn't, but why most other shows don't either. I'm partially deaf and it's very difficult for me to hear dialog on t.v….let alone the completely deaf. It's not very fair to single MTV out for this when its a universal problem. Perez…sensationalist stories as usual.

  8. 8

    Hi Perez,
    To start of I think you are wonderful and I am proud that you represent out country of Cuba! I am also a gay Cuban living in DC and everytime someone talks about you I make sure to mention you are Cuban like me!

    Ok, now down to business. Thank you for your post regarding the MTV True Life:I'm Deaf. It is definitely a important and thank you for putting it out there.
    I am a Sign Language interpreter here in DC and my partner is Deaf. Notice the word I use DEAF. You used the term "hearing impaired" in your post and even though this is believed to be the Politically Correct term among hearing people (people who can hear and are not part of the Deaf community) the Deaf community does not like this term. They are not impaired in any way they can do anything a hearing person can except hear. They have their own beautiful language, American Sign Language and their own values and culture. I don't blame you for using this term, since it is the most commonly use, regardless it doesn't mean it is the right term. Here I leave you with some more info about the Deaf community.

    Deaf people prefer to view deafness not as a handicap but as a shared experience underlying their sense of community. As a symbol of pride and identity within this community the word Deaf is often capitalized when referring to this group. The Deaf community is a cultural group, sharing common experience, concerns, and language.

  9. 9

    ummm…if they're going to be following people who are deaf…won't most of the show have people telling their stories in sign language?

  10. 10

    AS Deaf person and a shameless fan of Perez Hilton, this is certainly a surprise but overdue.

    MTV is guilty of not providing closed captioned but does PBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, FoxNews (Bleargh!), ABC, CBS and many, many TV channels and websites.

    Which is why you all need to pressure the Congressfolks to pass H.R. 3101.

    Do your part — call your representative and urge them to pass HR 3101 … now!


  11. 11

    Ha, does MTV have irony insurance?

  12. 12

    Netflix and JetBlue also do not close caption their things. So it's really awesome on a 7 hour flight when all you can do is stare at a tiny tv screen without understanding. If you're really concerned Perez, please urge congress to pass laws captioning everything.

  13. 13

    Re: Guanabacoa – If you "can do anything a hearing person can do except hear" then you are hearing impared. That means that you are only impared when it comes to hearing.

  14. 14

    Re: Jennifer Juniper – "Impairment" by definition refers to a disability. Deaf people are not disable is any way shape or form.

  15. 15

    Re: Guanabacoa – um, their hearing is disabled. give me a break!

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  17. 17

    Re: Jennifer Juniper – I'm Deaf. And I find your comments very offensive and inane at its best.


  18. 18

    Being that Perez does not caption his vLogs, those weird cartoons he did, any of the videos he posts… I am a bit surprised to suddenly see him feigning interest in the issue.

    As for the lack of captioning online being a technical issue, LOL, they can edit hours of film into a documentary, put it on MTV and then online… but adding words at the bottom of the screen? No way, too technologically advanced!

  19. 19

    Oh come on! Nearly every TV these days HAS close-captioning so it can be turned on for the program. This is really lame. I'm getting annoyed with your lack of interesting things to post lately.

  20. 20

    Uhm, that's not "insensitive" you idiot. That's just someone forgetting to caption it. You are such a complainer.

  21. chlyn says – reply to this


    @MrsOlivia, MTV's television fare is close-captioned, while the same programming available online is not. If you think that "a technical reason" is laughable, can you come up with an explanation as to why The Hills, when shown on TV, has close captioning and the very same program, when viewed online, is not captioned?

  22. 22

    P, have MTV send info to lisa@dallascaptioning.com. We will caption that episode …. no charge.

  23. 23

    This is the kind of corporate Stoopdity that drives me nuts. Whoever is in charge, should be fired. Fucking stupid.

  24. 24

    Re: kittiesomething – do you think the TV just magically generates the closed captioning for you? Someone has to type that, and the network has to pay someone to type it. Many networks don't bother.

  25. 25

    Re: chlyn – Closed Captioning is a feature that works within a television, that is why it can be turned off and on with your TV remote. Online streaming is not a television, its a completely different technology. I am saying the idea that they are technologically unable to provide subtitles I guess is the better word, is ridiculous. Especially being that Hulu and NBC already offer the feature. The technology is there, as well as it is for Netflix with all of their movies offered online, all the other networks, pretty much everything on the internet that is not subtitled, the technology IS available but no one bothers because they just don't care. Especially not Perez LOL

  26. 26

    hahahaha. seems that would be something that they would of considered, but i guess not. sometimes the obvious isn't that obvious.