A sign language segment on The Bachelor is being corrected by Nyle DiMarco, and it’s causing a bit of embarrassment for one of Colton Underwood’s frontrunners on the ABC dating show. After Bachelor contestant and “speech pathologist” Cassie Randolph sweetly attempted to teach Underwood a few words in sign language, her technique was corrected by former ABC star DiMarco on Twitter.
After Cassie tried to teach Colton the signs for “you’re cute,” “rose,” and “kiss,” model, deaf activist, and Dancing With the Stars Season 22 contestant Nyle DiMarco took to Twitter to correct the grad student’s sign language. As previously shared by the Inquisitr, Nyle DiMarco revealed that Randolph made quite a few mistakes as she tried to show off her signing skills to The Bachelor star.
In his tweet, DiMarco wrote that while Cassie’s attempts to teach Colton were “endearing,” she did it all wrong.
“Here is what she actually signed,” DiMarco wrote. “: 1) ‘YOUR’ cute (not you are) 2) RESTAURANT (not rose) 3) Two different signs for kiss in one sentence ‘kiss-kiss’.”
Cassie Randolph later retweeted DiMarco’s corrections and admitted that she was embarrassed by her mistakes.
“Hahaha well this is embarrassing,” The Bachelor beauty wrote. “I tried! I’m glad it was restaurant and not something worse.”
Hahaha well this is embarrassing ???? I tried! I’m glad it was restaurant and not something worse ????????♀️ https://t.co/54fIfDdvWV— Cassie Randolph (@CassieRandolph) January 10, 2019
Cassie Randolph has also admitted that ABC misrepresented her profession as a speech assistant by telling her to refer to herself as a speech pathologist.
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What a whirlwind 24 hours! The Bachelor premiere and the first day of grad classes after a leave of absence. It’s going to take a lot of self discipline to focus on school, when I really want to respond to the literally hundreds of nice, supportive messages and comments. Thank you so much for for all the encouraging words and I hope to somehow read them all and respond! Please know they mean A LOT ???? To all my fellow speechies- thanks soo much for all your community support and I want to clarify, I am a grad student (graduate 2021) and a current speech ASSISTANT (SLPA). It was encouraged I leave off the word assistant for lack of confusion, but I do realize how much one word can mean. Sometimes in the moment, its easy to underestimate the impact of seemingly small details. The LAST thing I want to do is minimize the work it takes to earn the title of a full fledged SLP or misrepresent myself. I take my career very seriously and to those of you that reached out and expressed concern, what you said is valid and know that I get it ???? To those that loved my dress ???? thank you! It’s from a little shop called @shoplunab and made by @cottoncandyla ???? So excited to watch this season unfold and thanks again everyone, for all your sweet words!!????❤️
Nyle DiMarco has long been an advocate for people with hearing impairments, so it’s no surprise that he politely corrected Cassie Randolph on her faux pas. The star, whose parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are also deaf, previously called out Jamie Foxx after the actor-comedian made random gestures with his hands while on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show. DiMarco, who was born deaf, took to Twitter to blast Foxx’s insensitive move, which he described as “disrespectful” to the deaf community.
According to Us Weekly, DiMarco went on to pen an open letter to Foxx, saying acts of making up sign language should “not be tolerated anymore.”
“We simply do not make fun at the expense of other cultures, especially those with a history of being marginalized,” Nyle wrote. “When we do this, progress takes a step backward.”
The Nyle DiMarco Foundation was formed to improve the lives of deaf people and ensure that “every deaf child has a usable language before the age of 5.” DiMarco revealed that only 2 percent of deaf people have access to education in sign language.
Nyle DiMarco made headlines in 2017 when he was the first-ever deaf male contestant to compete on Dancing With the Stars. He won the celebrity ballroom competition with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd.
Cassie Randolph appears on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.