Maine Mendoza says "term deaf-mute is not right"

by Jet Hitosis
Oct 7, 2019
Maine Mendoza insists that the term "deaf-mute" for people with hearing loss is incorrect: "Deaf people have voices; but many prefer to sign because it is their first language and their right. Therefore, the term Deaf-Mute is not right dahil HINDI PO SILA PIPI."
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal

Iginiit ni Maine Mendoza na mali ang terminong “deaf-mute,” dahil may boses at pupuwedeng magsalita ang mga bingi dahil “hindi po sila pipi.”

Sa tweet ni Maine nitong Linggo, October 6, itinama niya ang “common misconception” tungkol sa mga miyembro ng deaf community.

Ayon kay Maine, “deaf people have voices” pero mas pinipili ng mga itong gumamit ng nakasanayan nang sign language.

Tweet ni Maine: “YES YES! Let me just clear this common misconception about deaf people.

“DEAF PEOPLE HAVE VOICES; but many prefer to sign (using FSL: Filipino Sign Langauge) because it is their first language and their right.”

Kasunod nito, iginiit ng 24-anyos na actress-TV host na mali ang terminong “deaf-mute,” dahil hindi pipi ang mga bingi.

“Therefore, the term Deaf-Mute is not right dahil HINDI PO SILA PIPI. (smiling face with smiling eyes emoji)”

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IT’S NOT “DEAF-AND-DUMB” OR “HEARING-IMPAIRED”

Kasama ng naturang tweet ni Maine ang pag-retweet niya sa post ng kanyang fan account na @mengalurks, na nagtatampok sa infographics ng mga “deaf-friendly terms.”

Batay sa post—na mahigit 3,200 beses nang na-retweet habang isinusulat ang report na ito—mali ang mga terminong “deaf-and-dumb,” “deaf-mute,” “pipi,” at “hearing-impaired.”

Nakasaad din sa tweet na iyon mula sa deaf community na mayroon sa kanilang “hard-of-hearing” o iyong may naririnig na “quite a bit” at may kakayahan “[to] live in both the hearing world and def world.

Ang “deaf” naman ay tawag sa mga taong wala talagang naririnig, at termino rin para sa “group of people with our own unique language and culture.”

DEAF PEOPLE THANKFUL TO MAINE

Sa comment section, pinasalamatan ng mga miyembro ng deaf community si Maine sa pagpapakita ng suporta sa kanila.

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Natutuwa silang nauunawaan at nabigyang-linaw ni Maine sa publiko ang tunay nilang kalagayan.

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Malinaw na maraming natutuhan si Maine sa pag-aaral niya ng sign language para sa pelikula niyang Isa Pa With Feelings, katambal si Carlo Aquino.

Ipalalabas na sa October 16, gaganap na deaf si Carlo (Gali) sa pelikula, at ang aktor ang magsisilbing sign language teacher ni Maine (Mara).

Sa press conference ng Isa Pa With Feelings sa Quezon City, nitong September 30, naikuwento ni Maine sa mga entertainment reporters na mga totoong deaf teachers ang nagturo ng sign language sa kanila ni Carlo.

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Maine Mendoza insists that the term "deaf-mute" for people with hearing loss is incorrect: "Deaf people have voices; but many prefer to sign because it is their first language and their right. Therefore, the term Deaf-Mute is not right dahil HINDI PO SILA PIPI."
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal
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