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A deaf TikTok star is inspiring people to learn sign language

Chrissy Marshall is using her platform to talk about disability rights and deafness.


Sierra Juarez

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 7, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 4:32 am CDT

Chrissy Marshall, a 19-year-old deaf TikTokker and YouTuber, is using her platform to talk about disability rights and deafness and has inspired fans to learn American Sign Language (ASL), according to BuzzFeed News.

In a recent TikTok video, Marshall recounts a “crazy” day she had, where people signed to her at three different places–the bank, Starbucks, and a pretzel shop.

“It was like crazy today. Everyone signed. It was like a perfect world. It was like a utopia,” Marshall says in the video.

The video was reposted to Twitter, where it has amassed 5 million views and prompted a conversation about inclusiveness and the importance of learning sign language.

“ASL should be standard curriculum. Our world should be more inclusive and accessible. And it wouldn’t take much more effort,” one user wrote.

Others expressed how they felt inspired to learn sign language after watching Marshall’s video.

“I am a huge advocate for people learning ASL and I’m happy and grateful so many people were inspired to do so,” Marshall told BuzzFeed News about the support for her video.


H/T BuzzFeed News

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*First Published: Sep 7, 2019, 1:31 pm CDT