“many deaf people…angry” at Christy.

“many deaf people…angry” at Christy.
Christy Smith, a Survivor Amazon cast member who is deaf, has been the target of both “praise [and] scathing criticism,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Her critics “want her to use sign language when she speaks, and to teach other members of her all-female tribe how to sign” and “are particularly critical of her choosing to read lips and speak instead of insisting on a sign-language interpreter.” A CBS exec tells the paper that they didn’t offer an interpreter, but it “was completely her decision” to rely on lip-reading.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.