An ASL Interpreter Performing "WAP" Has Gone Viral On TikTok
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A video recorded by a 20-year-old concert-goer of an American sign language interpreter at Megan Thee Stallion's most recent Lollapalooza concert drew millions of attention to the skills required to interpret a show like Megan's.
People are amazed at the performance of ASL performer Kelly Kurdi, which went viral on TikTok after Guilherme Vital Senise da Silva posted a video of it on his account. He told BuzzFeed News that he was glad the video was able to expose ASL in an entertaining way.
"I decided to record it because I'm really a fan of music interpreters," said da Silva. "I took some Brazilian sign language classes beforehand, so I tried to see how she would sign every song at that concert."
Da Silva filmed every second of Megan's and Kurdi's performances at the music festival over the weekend. However, he decided to share a specific clip because, as the viral gods wanted, Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly also happened to pass by while he was filming. His video has now been viewed over 10.6 million times.
While Kurdi did not immediately return to BuzzFeed News, da Silva said that he was in contact with her and that she was very well aware of the attention.
On her own Instagram, Kurdi recognized her new fans and encouraged them to check out other influencers who post online for and about the deaf community.
"Do your part to make the world more accessible and to add subtitles to your content!" She wrote. "Provide ASL interpreters whenever possible. Support deaf creators. And if you're still wondering why deaf and hard of hearing people go to concerts, follow these pages and learn something new."
Kurdi then recommended several YouTubers on Instagram, including @ freelove19xx, @_jtay _, @ deafinitelydope, @ redmenace11 and @slntwrlddd.
Da Silva said he was glad his video reached and entertained so many, but was impressed with the comments from people who didn't seem to understand ASL. On Tuesday, he noted that his viral video was even temporarily removed for "nudity" content. When a TikTok spokesperson was reached, he told BuzzFeed News that the app has since restored the video but does not comment on why it was reported.
As the video hits other platforms and a wider audience, da Silva hopes viewers will use this as an opportunity to learn about sign language and the culture that goes with it.
Da Silva said he told Kurdi he hoped they can work together to educate the public about the deaf community and said he wanted to use the video to "raise awareness".
"She's ready for it," he said.
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