Should we replace letter signs to look like other signs?
Outside of a conference center:
Reporter: This is the conference where many deaf people are going, and I’m concerned because their mission is to rely more on lipreading.
Inside the conference:
Speaker: Wow, I am impressed that you Deafies understand me signing without including letter signs. For example, room vs box, evidence vs proof. You understand me well because you are talented at lipreading. (claps) The audience agrees.
Speaker: Get ready to push forward to use more lipreading which means eliminating more letter signs. They are disgusting and an eye sore! It is a good idea to keep eliminating them and make signs look more similar.
The audience agrees.
Speaker: To sign “human,” eliminate the H and it’s better to sign “body.” Be sure to move your mouth like this. Get it? Of course you do, right?!
Audience: Yes! Yay!
Speaker: You are the best! What does this sign mean?
Audience: Resources and thing
Speaker: Right! (Cheers). That’s why the government prefers hiring Deafies as detectives for their lipreading skills.
The audience is flattered.
Speaker: One more test. What does this sign mean? (help vs therapy) Do you have a question? Yes?
Audience: Obviously, it’s help and therapy. Anyway, I have a question. If when using a mask, how can we lipread?
Speaker: That’s why they sell clear masks to accommodate you as they know you Deafies must lipread, right?
The audience cheers!
Speaker: Anyway, back on topic of making sure we keep eliminating letters. They are repulsive. Our goal is to keep advancing like with the signs for color such as yellow, green, blue. Eliminate the letters. It is better to sign like this: yellow, green, blue. It is the same with team, class, organization. The same with king, queen, republican, democrat. Don’t you agree? (Cheers!)
Audience: Yes! (Cheers) Speaker: What does this sign mean? (math)
Audience: Math? (Cheers)
Outside of the conference:
Reporter: That conference concerns me. What should we do? Why don’t we keep letter signs or at least use different signs rather than making signs look the same and therefore being forced to rely on lipreading? Sometimes we don’t have access to lipreading when talking with non-clear masks or some are DeafBlind? Hold. They’re cute.
Cutie: Hi, can we #&@%?
Reporter: What does that sign mean?
Cutie: Read my lips. #&@%. No? It is d-a-t-e.
Reporter: Oh, the sign for that is date. Is this how you sign that? Hold. (Turn to the camera) Should we keep replacing letter signs to look like other signs?