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Jamie Foxx Criticized for Making Up Sign Language on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘How Is This Allowed?’

Nyle DiMarco took issue with a promotional segment.

Jamie Foxx

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When’s the last time good news emerged from “The Tonight Show”? Jimmy Fallon’s ratings are down, many have yet to forgive him for palling around with Donald Trump and now a new promo featuring Jamie Foxx is being criticized for mocking sign language. We may have finally found something that won’t cause Fallon to immediately burst out in laughter.

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Said segment features the Oscar winner briefly making hand gestures that look to be somewhere between actual sign language and baseball signs. Nyle DiMarco, a deaf actor/model who has won seasons of both “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model,” tweeted at Fallon to ask “how is this allowed”?

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“It is straight up disrespectful to make up sign language,” he said to Foxx, also on Twitter. “Everything is in gibberish.” He later released a statement saying that the actor’s behavior “should not be tolerated anywhere” because “we simply do not make fun at the expense of other cultures, especially those with a history of being marginalized. When we do this, progress takes a step backward.”

 

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