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Model Nyle DiMarco perfectly shut down a columnist who claims burqas ‘disrespect’ deaf people.
Times columnist took to Twitter yesterday (8 August) to suggest facial coverings for Muslim women ‘disrespect’ deaf people who rely on lip reading to communicate.
He tweeted: ‘Many reasons to dislike the burka (sic), but disrespect of the deaf (who often need to see faces to follow communication) always high on the list.’
The bizarre tweet drew wide criticism, but especially from members of the deaf community.
I’m deaf and lemme tell you people wearing burkas or niqabs are the least of my problems https://t.co/s0WhIKP3UZ
— Josh Salisbury (@josh_salisbury) August 8, 2018
One person responded: ‘As a deaf person, I kindly ask you not to speak for me. I do not find it disrespectful and encourage those to wear and be able to wear whatever they want and choose. It’s their face and their right to cover it!’
Martin responded: ‘I didn’t say I speak for you. I kindly ask you not to suggest that I say I speak for you.’
Then another person tweeted in response: ‘Iain, you say you “didn’t say” that you speak for us deaf people. But here you are deciding what is and isn’t offensive to us. If you are yourself a deaf person then you can speak for YOURSELF how you feel. For MYSELF as a deaf person, women should wear what they choose.’
Nyle DiMarco responds
He quote-tweeted Martin and just wrote: ‘lmao we deafies don’t care’
A Twitter user then pointed out the definition of ‘Deafsplaining’.
It’s ‘hearing people (especially those who have no understanding or experience) speaking for the Deaf.’
To which DiMarco ‘liked’ the tweet.
DiMarco then quote-tweeted Martin again.
He said: ‘Councils across England (your country) slashed £4 million of specialist education support for deaf children this financial year. Deaf students are at risk. NOW that is disrespectful.’
Sure, I depend on lip reading but quite frankly, I couldn’t give less of a shit about someone wearing their religious/cultural attire.
You don’t speak for us.
What IS disrespectful is your attempt to use a disability to reinforce your xenophobia.
Shut up and get fucked. https://t.co/Uyb5CwlUM9
— james (@fireexitdoor) August 8, 2018