‘Top Model’ win­ner slams ‘dis­re­spect­ful’ Jamie Foxx

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The sea­son 22 win­ner of “Danc­ing With the Stars”, who was also the first fully deaf con­tes­tant in the show’s his­tory, is up­set at Foxx for mak­ing up sign lan­guage dur­ing his ap­pear­ance on “The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon” on Fri­day night.

On Satur­day, the 28- year- old model and ad­vo­cate for those hard of hear­ing shared a pas­sion­ate letter on Twit­ter ad­dress­ing to the Os­car win­ner.

“Jamie Foxx’s be­hav­ior with Jimmy Fal­lon on Fal­lon Tonight should not be tol­er­ated any­where,” the state­ment be­gan. “We sim­ply do not make f un a t t he ex­pense of other c ul t ures es­pe­cially those with a his­tory of be­ing marginal­ized. When we do this, progress takes a step back­ward.”

Adding that sign lan­guage is im­por­tant to him be­cause it is the bedrock of the deaf com­mu­nity, DiMarco wrote that only two per­cent of deaf peo­ple have ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion in the lan­guage.

“That is why I started Nyle DiMarco Foun­da­tion,” he con­tin­ued. “We are work­ing with other or­ga­ni­za­tion to en­sure ev­ery deaf child has a us­able lan­guage be­fore the age of 5. What Foxx did on Fal­lon Tonight made our strug­gle that much harder.”

On Fri­day night, af­ter wit­ness­ing Foxx’s ac­tions, the “Amer­ica’s Next Top Model” win­ner also tweeted his frus­tra­tion with the ac­tor.

“Jamie Foxx it is straight up dis­re­spect­ful to make up sign lan­guage,” the 28- year- old model tweeted with video of Foxx ran­domly mov­ing his hands and fin­gers. “Ev­ery­thing is in gib­ber­ish.”

In a sec­ond tweet, he blasted Fal­lon, ask­ing “how was this al­lowed? Where’s the cul­tural sen­si­tiv­ity? Not com­edy when you make fun of oth­ers.” ( ET)

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