Mazique was invited to interpret the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” into American Sign Language at the game. She wasn’t promised any TV time, but she did think she’d appear on the Jumbotron so deaf fans in the stadium could see her interpretation.
Mazique was not shown on the TV broadcast or, she says, on screens in the stadium. She says she wasn’t even offered a seat for the game.
On Sunday night, she expressed her frustration on the Miss Deaf America Facebook page: “I’m as disappointed as you are that American Sign Language gained no exposure. ASL was also not shown on the Jumbotron inside the stadium—as far as I know.”
Nearly 5,000 supporters have signed an online petition urging NBC and the NFL to apologize.
Read more about Mazique in the January|February 2012 Alcalde.
Rachel Mazique. Photo via the Miss Deaf America Facebook page.