Don’t “trigger” deaf people with words like “listen” and “volume.” You are contributing to pro-hearing bigotry. As a celebrity has just learned that the hard way.
Actor Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) recently did a video post on Instagram where he urged his followers to “listen up” and turn up the volume on their phones to hear the video.
This simple request “triggered” the world’s leftist bigot wizards (since they can conjure bigotry magically out of thin air) to attack Pratt for being insensitive to deaf people because he urged everyone to “listen.”
The sensible thing to do is to respond with a big fat STFU (because nothing honors deaf people AND normal Americans more than silent morons) and move on, but celebrities need to be loved and criticism puts the mass adoration they crave at risk, so Pratt apologized.…with sign language.
Don’t bother watching the video below. I just embedded it to prove that he in fact did it.
If you watch it you’ll be contributing to bigotry against blind people, people who have lost hands and limbs, and those of us who are sign language illiterate.
Instagram does this thing where it mutes all the videos it shows and forces you to turn on the volume in order to hear them. (maybe because most people are watching those videos at work when they should be working and don’t want to get caught. I know that’s when I do it. 😬) So when I made a video recently with subtitles, and requested that people turn up the volume and not just “read the subtitles” it was so people wouldn’t scroll past the video on mute, thus watching and digesting the information in the video. HOWEVER, I realize now doing so was incredibly insensitive to the many folks out there who depend on subtitles. More than 38 million Americans live with some sort of hearing disability. So I want to apologize. I have people in my life who are hearing-impaired, and the last thing in the world I would want to do is offend them or anybody who suffers from hearing loss or any other disability. So truly from the bottom of my heart I apologize. Thanks for pointing this out to me. In the future I’ll try to be a little less ignorant about it. Now… I know some of you are going to say, “Hey! Chris only apologized because his publicist made him!” Well. That is not the case. As always I control my social media. Nobody else. And I am doing this because I’m actually really sorry. Apologies are powerful. I don’t dole them out Willy-Nilly. This is one of those moments where I screwed up and here’s me begging your pardon. I hope you accept my apology. And on that note. Why doesn’t Instagram have some kind of technology to automatically add subtitles to its videos? Or at least the option. I did a little exploring and it seems lacking in that area. Shouldn’t there be an option for closed captioning or something? I’ve made them lord knows how much money with my videos and pictures. Essentially sharing myself for free. I know they profit. So… GET ON IT INSTAGRAM!!! Put closed captioning on your app. #CCinstaNow
Notice how he uses the term “hearing impaired”? If you take that term and make it an acronym it becomes “HI,” which is something that very well could be considered insensitive to introverts who just want to be left alone, recovering drug addicts who can’t spell, and people from Hawaii.
I prefer using “deaf” because it’s only one syllable as opposed to the much longer “hearing impaired”. It takes less breathing to say “deaf,” forcing people to say “hearing impaired” is insensitive to people such as myself, who are afflicted with asthma.
The Blaze recently did a satirical newscast (obviously, since the man in the video is conservative writer Matt Walsh) titled “You Can’t Say That,” which discussed how to handle this epidemic of insensitivity using non-offensive words. It’s really great, and REALLY funny.
To recap that last part.
- Combat hate with love. Love trumps hate.
- Trump and his supporters are despicable bigots, but we need to remember to love. (and the left means that in the nicest way possible)
- The best way to love is to encourage people who offend to kill themselves.
As ridiculous as all of that sounds, the left actually does self-righteously say such things to normal Americans.
Is it reasonable to say “listen” should “trigger” people who are deaf? Share on social media and let us know what you think in the comments.