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Monday, November 30, 2015

I'm Hella Salty Creed Movie Rejected the Opportunity to Cast #DeafTalent

Last weekend after months of anticipation, I finally saw the CREED movie starting Michael B. Jordan.  The movie is hella good. Seriously. The film was well written and directed. I love the Rocky franchise, but was getting weary of it once Rocky V came out. They really should have stopped after Rocky IV, which was the best film in my opinion. The Creed storyline brings this franchise back to life and I'm here for it! Michael B. Jordan was a great choice to play Creed's son, Adonis. He is believable and not to mention that man is hella cute. 

{Side note: I'm gonna say "hella" a lot in this post. Get used to it.} 

Here's one of my favorite scenes from the film: 


"You see this guy here? That's the toughest opponent you're ever going to face. I believe that's true in the ring and that's true in life." ~ Rocky 

Imagine my surprise when I saw Phylicia Rashad on screen as Adonis' mother! 




The only blemish in this movie is the casting of Adonis' love interest. When I learned that his girlfriend is deaf I was excited. Finally! Representation of deaf Black women in film. Until I learned the girl they cast for this role is hearing.  Dafuq?! 


Dafuq?!



I truly appreciated that they incorporated a deaf character in the story line. I like how they showed the love slowly developing between them. I had to smile when there was a moment in the scene where she shut her hearing aids off so she couldn't hear Adonis pleas to let him in her apartment. 



Let me tell you something. To be able to turn your hearing aid off and tune out the world, that is one of the biggest blessings about being deaf! 

What I DON'T appreciate is they hired a hearing actress and fitted her with fake hearing aids! 

(I'm not even gonna type her name here cuz that's how salty I am) 

I had my *side eye* on the entire time the scenes with the "deaf love interest" were played on the screen. There are qualified deaf actresses of color they could have hired to play this role. Was Sylvie Marc-Charles busy? Did they call any of the actresses that Jade Films featured in her movies? What about Treshelle Edmond, the actress who performed the National Anthem live at the 2015 Super Bowl and currently performing on Broadway's "Spring Awakening" musical? Did Hollywood lose her phone number? 

The movie is hella good. I shed tears like three times throughout the film. I'll watch it again and might even add it to my DVD collection. The lack of true deaf representation left a bad taste in my mouth. I hope Hollywood reads this and considers hiring more #DeafTalent to play deaf roles. I promise the deaf community would come out in droves and support.  

That's my two cents... 



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