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35 comments to “SNL Gets The Middle Finger From Marlee Matlin”

  1. 1

    Marlee, lighten up! I have a couple of friends who are hearing impaired and they loved it!

  2. 2

    Marlee needs to lighten up. Seriously. It was funny. I'm sure most deaf people found that funny too.

  3. 3

    It's SNL. It's comedy. Do they poke fun at everything? Yes. They have since the 70's. Maybe you saw the censored version of it all this time, Marlee.

  4. JAJ says – reply to this


    It was just a joke. Its SNL, they joke about EVERYTHING. Love Marlee but she does need to lighten up.

  5. sad sacks says – reply to this


    sn-smell … and it does smell … is today a toady .. a crawler sycophant flunky of the democrat (crap) unwashed and probably never was a iconoclast y any measure …
    should be sent to russia to be party apparatchiks …

  6. Tryst says – reply to this


    Perhaps if sign was one of your languages, which it is for me, you'd understand why this skit was offensive. Just as a lot of hearing jokes are lost on Deaf, a lot of Deaf jokes are just as easily lost on hearing. The lady who was signing on this skit was using legitimate signs, she's been in the Deaf community obviously.. she should have known better and shared that info with the writers. Deaf is an entire culture with their own social rules, social mores, etc. A community within the world community. While it may come across as funny to the hearing population who don't understand nor are saturated daily with being the butt of jokes for signing in the public, it's not lost on the Deaf community. And it is a daily thing, being mimicked and laughed at.. seeing people make fun of them as they interact with their friends and family in their language, just like you interact with your friends and family. Yeah. It wasn't funny at all.

  7. DXR says – reply to this


    It's Lydia Calas, not "Callis." Please spell her name correctly.

  8. 8

    Lighten up girl, you won an Oscar because of the tolerance of Hollywood and the public.

  9. 9

    Way to mention her "app" in the tweet. LOL

  10. 10

    No way should she be offended by that sketch. Bloomberg's interpreter was comically animated. She deserved to be made fun of. But making fun of her in no way translates to making fun of the hearing impaired. Why must people be offended by everything?

  11. 11

    Clearly they weren't making fun of the lanuage. That woman's face was all over the place. Also, apparently Marlee is not aware that shows do use fake words in many languages. I'm with everyone that says she needs to lighten up.

  12. thegirlriots says – reply to this


    The animated facial expressions are part of the language! It's not like an accent. It's grammar.

  13. chris says – reply to this


    PULL the stick out honey…making fun just means you've been mainstreamed. It's a sign your just like the rest of us shlubs.

  14. 14

    that was not to bad, but by the time they got to the old lady fell down I had to turn the channel. SNL sucks, big time.

  15. Jayyy says – reply to this


    I am a sign language interpreter, and I have to say that while there are "accents," they are regional and belong to NATIVE speakers, ie. Deaf people, from different areas of the country. Callis's signing style is not an accent of any kind, or any more expressive than most other interpreters. We need to be expressive, because that is how the language works. In English and for those who are not Deaf, we have voices, in ASL we have our face, body, and hands. While I did get a good laugh out of it (I don't take myself too seriously) I do want to advocate for sign language interpreters, because our work is certainly not a joke.

  16. efa says – reply to this


    this just shows ignorance on the part of SNL–anyone who has studied a tiny bit of ASL knows that facial expression is used as grammar, and even the "exaggerated" facial expressions used by the interpreter aren't supposed to be be funny, they can actually change the meaning of the word being signed. Any other professional interpreter would do the same

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    They were not making fun of all deaf people. They were making fun of one sign language interpreter who is just a really animated person.

  18. Emily says – reply to this


    Re: huskerman – Deaf (uppercase) deaf (lower case) and hearing impaired are three DIFFERENT things. Hearing impaired people might not use ASL, they can get by using hearing aides if they so choose or even hear enough to not need hearing aides so this could be funny to them too. Not saying it wouldn't be offensive to a lot of people

  19. Emily says – reply to this


    Her facial expressions are not like "an accent" they're an important grammatical component of ASL. So, people who are saying she needs to lighten up, how would you feel if people constantly tried to mime everything and made your language seem like a joke? ASL is a legit language with grammar rules and, yes, accents depending on the signer, but her facial expressions are NOT accents.

  20. emily says – reply to this


    Re: Tryst – exactly.

  21. tannymills says – reply to this


    If people knew ANYTHING about sign language and how it is done properly, they would not be making fun of the interpreter. Her "animated" expressions and way of signing is part of the language. All inflections and emotions have to be portrayed through facial expressions and gestures. Instead of making fun of her, she should be applauded for doing an incredible job.

  22. WORST_EVER_43 says – reply to this


    Marlee criticizes the piece and promotes her product in the same breath.

    Additionally, since WHEN is SNL held up to such a high pc standard?
    Is it her first time seeing the show?

  23. Reds says – reply to this


    I think she's more interested in getting press for the App she developed (and mentioned) and not so offended.

  24. syd3 says – reply to this


    The skit was NOT by any stretch of the imagination an attack on Deaf World/Deaf culture. SNL hyperexaggerates languages/dialects/etc., all the time — e.g., AAVE (Eubonics), Native American pidgin, creole pidgin, Chinese pidgin, New Jersey and New York speech patterns, etc.). Put this skit in a Venn diagram of broader American culture/Deaf culture. In no way was it mean spirited. If Deaf culture were not as integrated as it has become in American society(yes, it still has a way to go), then such a skit would have been taboo. Sign now meets the language requirement stipulations of many universities around the world. I am frankly surprised at Matlin's reaction. I think that what might surprises Deaf people more than a bit is that noone really notices them as Other anymore … cultural adaptations move on at a quickened pace now-a-days.

  25. KC says – reply to this


    Uh…Maleee, they do make fun of other languages. The J-Pop sketches are an example of one of them. I guess it's OK to make fun of deaf people only when she's on the joke, although I've seen the Family Guy skits, and I would think those would be more offensive than the SNL skit.

  26. 26

    Re: Tryst – Nothing like shooting the messenger! Smell my finger.

  27. 27

    Marlee, SNL hs done satire for almost 40 years. It is time you got used to it.

  28. 28

    once again perez, u completely miss the point. some people think racism, sexism and homophobia are funny. it's up to the community being used in the comedic attempt who decide if it crosses the line… not a fat, hideous, ignorant, gutter-dwelling leech has-been like you. Ha ha. — Oops. Did I cross the line?

  29. 29

    Settle down. Geez, can you do anything anymore without someone freakin taking it the wrong way. We KNOW what sign language is…it was a funny…that's all!! Man, so sick of making everything in life so damn serious. Take a chill pill!!

  30. crystale says – reply to this


    How is this any different than the Family Guy episode that Marlee herself was a part of that poked fun at similar things?

  31. hnybny says – reply to this


    SNL was totally making fun of the animated signing by Bloomberg's assistant, not the language itself. Normally Marlee has a pretty good sense of humor (she was on Comedy Central Roasts), but this time she's totally taken it too hard.

  32. 32

    Marlee Matlin is a self-absorbed, self-important asshole. Someone needs to chop off her fucking fingers so we aren't subjected to her whines anymore.

  33. jk says – reply to this


    Rwo iof my friends wo are deaf watched this and we laughwd our butts off. MM wanted to get her progrm out there and what better way of doing it than to bitch about someone making a joke. She just needs to go back to her computer and really put an effort into getting over herself. SHe is done with movies and really she does good work for the deaf. Keep going with it but stop with the outrage it wasnt deserved.

  34. peppermint12 says – reply to this


    Im deaf and I think it was funny. I will have you know deaf people dont acting like that. I think she is little overreacted. But, whatever.

  35. Mike says – reply to this


    The people who are saying she has no right of being upset about it are ignorant. The interpreter wasn't making "comical" expressions or being animate, facial expressions are used in ASL for grammar. For example your facial expression could be used to asked questions such as yes or no, or where is, what is, who is etc. If you knew anything about the language then you would understand, but no your just all ignorant.