Deaf Students Share How To Sign 'Donald Trump' And It's Hilariously Unflattering
"The Donald" is not.
On Friday, Netflix will air "Deaf U," a growing up documentary series that follows a close-knit group of deaf students at Gallaudet University, the prestigious private college for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, DC, on The Show, directed by Deaf model and activist Nyle DiMarco is produced as a co-executive, promises an "unprecedented, unfiltered and often unexpected look at the deaf community" according to a press release. And a promotional clip that Netflix posted for the show on Thursday appears to be delivering those goods.
In the clip, the main cast breaks a little deaf culture for the audience by explaining character names - the special characters that are used to identify certain people in American sign language.
"Instead of spelling the names," signs one performer, "we use character names based on our characteristics."
Some performers then tell the stories behind their own character names, which range from very blue eyes to an obsession with candy.
Lydia Callis, a certified sign language interpreter, attorney and child of a deaf parent, explained in a 2015 HuffPost blog post that character names are non-person selectable and given to them by a member of the deaf community. Your character name is a "major part of your deaf identity," according to Callis. Since you cannot easily change your own character name, "these names have their own story and personality".
"While it may seem like a novelty to hear people, an ASL name is very meaningful to the Deaf and might even be considered an honor," wrote Callis. "These names are not just given to anyone - they are a [rite] of passage into the deaf community."
She concluded, "Having a name tag means you are officially part of the world of the deaf."
President Donald Trump should definitely not be offended by his character name - which the actors of "Deaf U" explain:
Or, you know, a comb fluttering in the wind.
"You can tell if someone is a Trump supporter - they will spell their name: T-R-U-M-P," explains one performer. "But if you don't like the man, you will go like this ..." (see above).
He added, "Because we all know the man has a toupee."
It seems that this character name is widely accepted in the deaf community. The Washington Post reported in 2016 that someone who wishes to sign Trump's name in ASL should "mimick what could happen when a stiff wind comes in contact with Trump's hair".
"Deaf people gave Trump a character name so that he would feel honored," says an actor in the clip "Deaf U".
Hey, like it or not, it reflects his signature look.
Donald Trump's hair blows in the wind as he boarded Air Force One in 2017. (Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP via Getty Images)
Catch the trailer for "Deaf U" below.
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