Feb 08 2012

NBC Ousts Miss Deaf America

After hearing that Rachel Mazique, Miss Deaf America, was scheduled to sign the national anthem at Super Bowl 2012 as a representative of the deaf and hard of hearing community, I was so excited to see this momentous event; I even told my parents about it.  The big game had the largest audience (an estimated 111.35 million viewers) of any television program in US history.  What more could you ask for promoting awareness about the deaf community!

However, when the national anthem began, we watched 2002 American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson take the entire spotlight and Miss Deaf America wasn’t shown for even a second during her performance.  Moreover, she was not positioned anywhere near the other performers, and she was too far away from the stands for the audience to see her signing.  To add insult to injury, Ms. Mazique wasn’t even invited to stay for the rest of the game.  As Miss Deaf America, she has been working hard to make a difference in the Deaf community and she shouldn’t have been left in the shadows.

Unfortunately, these oversights happen all too often to the deaf and hard of hearing community.  However, I think we at DeafandHoH.com can do our part in changing this.  To help make sure that this particular incident doesn’t happen again, you can sign a petition at http://www.change.org/petitions.  Post, comment, and like this blog in Facebook, Twitter, everything you’ve got, and send it out to your friends.  The more people that know about this, the better.  Together, we can send a clear message to NBC, the NFL, and the world that the deaf and hard of hearing deserve just as much recognition as anyone else.

Senthil Srinivasan
(Edited by Hannah F. Mann)

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One Response to “NBC Ousts Miss Deaf America”

  1. Michelleon 21 Feb 2012 at 11:27 am

    Hi Senthil, thank you so much for do this blog.

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