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People are thirsting over sign language activist Nyle DiMarco’s ‘7 Rings’ video
Model, artist, and activist for the deaf community Nyle DiMarco just dropped an American Sign Language version of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” and people are obsessed. Jake Wilson directed the video and released it on his YouTube channel on Monday.
When Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video hit the internet in November, DiMarco asked if she could include captions for the “466 million people with hearing loss.”
Could you ask @Vevo to add captions for 466 million people with hearing loss
(Deaf here and we do enjoy your music) 🤟🏽https://t.co/e0YSC0lBJg
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) November 30, 2018
Grande took note of the criticism and added lyrics on-screen to her “7 Rings” music video that debuted earlier this month. But DiMarco took it a step further with his own ALS version of the video. “Ariana Grande dropped 7 rings with captions, we dropped in SIGN LANGUAGE!!!” DiMarco tweeted.
.@arianagrande dropped 7rings with captions, we dropped in SIGN LANGUAGE!!!
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) January 28, 2019
Grande was a fan: “Beyond. Love this so much,” she wrote Monday on Twitter.
beyond 🖤 love this so much https://t.co/mO0LSPpal5
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 28, 2019
People are not only loving the representation in DiMarco’version, but they’re also thirsting after the America’s Next Top Model winner.
OOOOOFFFF I'M SWEATING 💦💦💦💦💦 https://t.co/XlqfWaDbP4
— B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bottom) (@majokko_maguro) January 29, 2019
“Nyle DiMarco makes being deaf feel both sexy as hell and queer as fuck and as a gay dude who’s been wearing hearing aids his entire life I’m very grateful,” user Michael Chu tweeted.
— Michael Chu (@MichaelChu7) January 29, 2019
“I don’t retweet music videos, but this ASL rendition of 7 rings is amazing,” one person wrote. “Love the creative ways that Nyle DiMarco continues to advocate for deaf community representation.”
I don't retweet music videos, but this ASL rendition of 7 rings is amazing — love the creative ways that @NyleDiMarco continues to advocate for deaf community representation. Much 🤟🏾🤟🏿🤟 https://t.co/KQMpgIK5Bz
— Esther Spindler (@Esther_Spindler) January 29, 2019
See the full video below:
Gabrielle Sorto is an Atlanta-based freelance writer covering culture, lifestyle, and news. Her work has appeared in CNN, Teen Vogue, INSIDER, and Vice. She can usually be found writing with an overpriced coffee in hand or hanging out with her dog, Rihanna, who is named after exactly who you think.