Marlee Matlin Decries Lack of Airtime for Deaf Performers at Super Bowl – The Hollywood Reporter


Marlee Matlin despatched a robust message about her displeasure at CBS’ protection of the Super Bowl LVIII pregame present on Sunday.

“I’m completely SHOCKED at @CBS for introducing the Deaf performers at as we speak’s pregame #SuperBowl after which not displaying even one second (or extra) of their efficiency… as has been custom for the final 30 years. WHY!?” she posted on X (previously Twitter).

The Oscar-winning actress was referring to the trio of pregame performances by Post Malone, who sang “America the Beautiful”Andra Day, who performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing”; and Reba McEntire, who performed the National Anthem.

Shaheem Sanchez

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The pregame performances additionally featured American Signal Language performances. On behalf of the Nationwide Affiliation of the Deaf, actor-choreographer Shaheem Sanchez carried out “Elevate Each Voice and Sing” in ASL; actress, mannequin and dancer Anjel Piñero carried out “America the Stunning” in ASL; and CODA actor Daniel Durant signed the Nationwide Anthem.

Reba McEntire and Daniel Durant

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Matlin was seemingly commenting on the truth that the one a part of the ASL performances that was proven in the course of the reside broadcast was a quick lower to Sanchez throughout “Elevate Each Voice and Sing.” (Sanchez was launched on the air forward of the efficiency and can be set to carry out the ASL rendition of the halftime present that includes Usher.) Piñero’s and Durant’s performances weren’t proven.

CBS Sports activities does have a devoted touchdown web page on its web site, the place it aired a particular live stream of Sunday’s ASL performers in the course of the preshow, and posted about that on X. It additionally plans to do the identical with Usher’s halftime present. A supply instructed The Hollywood Reporter that this technique is in step with pregame protection in years previous.

(The rights to the Tremendous Bowl broadcast rotate amongst Fox, NBC and CBS each three years.)

Matlin herself is not any stranger to the Tremendous Bowl, having carried out the Nationwide Anthem alongside Garth Brooks at Tremendous Bowl XXVII in 1993.

Marlee Matlin and Garth Brooks carry out in the course of the Nationwide Anthem in the course of the Tremendous Bowl XXVII pregame in 1993

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