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The new Netflix film Sierra Burgess Is a Loser has been criticized over a controversial scene that options the principle character pretending to be deaf.
The film stars Shannon Purser (who performed Barb Holland in Stranger Things) as Sierra Burgess. She pretends to be a preferred cheerleader named Veronica (Kristine Froseth) in an try and win over her crush Jamey, performed by To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before star Noah Centineo.
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Jamey asks Veronica for her quantity at a restaurant, and Veronica offers him Sierra’s cellphone quantity as a joke. Jamey then texts Sierra considering it’s Veronica, and after Sierra receives a selfie of Jamey, she decides to fake she is Veronica and begins to “catfish” him.
As their relationship grows from textual content messages to cellphone conversations, Sierra begins to fall in love with Jamey.
One day, whereas doing group service at a park together with her buddy Dan (RJ Cyler), who disapproves of Sierra’s catfishing, Sierra spots Jamey along with his little brother, Ty (Cochise Zornoza).
Dan desires Sierra to return clear together with her lie and drags Sierra over to Jamey. Instead of telling Jamey the reality, Sierra is aware of that Jamey would acknowledge her voice so she pretends to be deaf to keep away from talking.
The ploy backfires when Jamey’s brother Ty is definitely deaf and makes an try at talking together with her in signal language.
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Model Nyle DiMarco, who’s deaf and a vocal incapacity advocate, took to Twitter to criticize the movie.
“So one among my shut mates’ deaf brother is in Sierra Burgess. When I realized, I used to be elated. Finally, extra deaf actors/illustration & ASL inclusion in movies…. Only to search out out the deaf character was written and used for a horrible joke. PS- pretending to be deaf is NOT okay,” he wrote.
“There were homophobic and transphobic jokes as well,” DiMarco tweeted.
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“It is extremely easy to make jokes about marginalized/disfranchised groups,” DiMarco wrote in a follow-up tweet. “… but that makes you a lazy writer.”
“And honestly you shouldn’t make these jokes AT ALL because our lives are on the line,” he wrote.
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Many different folks took to Twitter to debate their disappointment within the film.
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Purser addressed a few of the controversy surrounding her character, Sierra, and the lengths she goes to fake to be another person with the intention to catfish the boy she likes.
“Even though what she does is wrong — very wrong — I think it’s something she sort of gets thrust into, and that doesn’t mean that she is absolved of her actions or that she doesn’t have her own agency to make the right decisions,” Shannon advised Elle.
“She’s so heavily influenced by a society that has told her she’s not good enough. That she could not ever have this guy. That this guy could never be interested in her. At the end, he even says, ‘I probably wouldn’t have noticed you if we hadn’t met in these different circumstances.’”
She additionally added, “So would I personally forgive someone who did that to me? I don’t know. But it is a story, and what I want people to take from it is that there can be redemption, and that your circumstances and the limitations placed on you by society don’t have to define you.”
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