Model, actor, and my husband: Nyle DiMarco called out Netflix’s latest teen flick on Twitter for its Trash storylines:
“So one of my close friends' deaf brother is in Sierra Burgess. When I learned, I was elated. Finally more deaf actors/representation & ASL inclusion in films...only to find out the deaf character was written and used for a terrible joke.
PS- pretending to be deaf is NOT ok.”
The actor Nyle is referring to is Cochise Zornoza, who plays Ty, little brother to main character Jamey (Noah Centineo).
In the film, Sierra (Shannon Purser) meets Jamey in person after catfishing him and talking on the phone with him. She worries he’ll recognize her voice, so she does not speak and pretends to be deaf. Jamey calls his brother Ty over and introduces him to Sierra. He is visibly excited and speaks to her in ASL, but she doesn’t know how to respond back and after few awkward seconds, she gives him a fist bump.
Nyle adds: “There were homophobic and transphobic jokes as well. It is extremely easy to make jokes about marginalized/disfranchised groups...but that makes you a lazy writer. And honestly you shouldn’t make these jokes AT ALL because our lives are on the line.”
There were homophobic and transphobic jokes as well.— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) September 9, 2018
And honestly you shouldn’t make these jokes AT ALL because our lives are on the line.— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) September 9, 2018