MY NETFLIX REVIEW: AUDIBLE (July 2021)

I had to share my thoughts about “Audible” that Nyle is involved with as an executive producer on the Netflix platform.

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AUDIBLE (2021)

After seeing this film on Netflix on the first day of July, I rated it THREE SHITTY STARS because it’s constantly concentrating on one sex as the main character. Nyle DiMarco could have conducted interviews with two sexes or genders opposing one another. I mean, one black boy who is deaf and one black girl who is deaf. SMH! It doesn’t seem fair to the black deaf girls that they never got their interviews throughout the first 39 minutes of the movie.

It’s all about Amaree and his Deaf white girlfriend, Leah. Why is this glorifying Black Deaf young men, who always seem to fetishize white Deaf women both on Audible and Deaf U?! Not again (ugh!). I’m just trying to understand why I kept seeing this shit again.

In reality TV series and documentary formats used in “Audible” and “Deaf U,” Netflix subscribers/viewers have falsely assumed that Deaf Black men are uninterested in associating themselves with Deaf Black women. It’s The White Gaze in its purest form. It disgustingly reminded me of the 1990 documentary film “Paris Is Burning,” directed by a white queer woman.

Another big problem with white people who have initially learned about BIPOC culture!

Why do I have the impression that the underrepresented voices of black women who are deaf aren’t being vocally amplified as much as Amaree? Why not do an interview with them if Nyle DiMarco doesn’t mind sharing their stories on Netflix?

Again, I’m NOT offended by Amaree’s decision to have an interracial relationship with Leah since I was in high school with a white girl back in 2011. Therefore, I don’t have to pass a harsh judgment on Amaree since he wasn’t the primary source of the white male gaze; nevertheless, Nyle is the one, and because in his role as executive producer, he didn’t have Black Deaf Women in any of his other Hollywood projects, such as Audible and Deaf U!

One brief scene in the whole movie, lasting just four seconds, depicts black female classmates applauding loudly during a football game. I saw them cheerfully urging the football players at their school to win the game over homecoming weekend. Nyle didn’t even attempt to use them for interviews since the camera was only focused on them for a total of four seconds before moving on to Amaree and Leah!

Misogynoir much?! Dunno!

This video runs for just 39 minutes, yet it should be at least two and a half hours long! Despite its constrained runtime, it is nonetheless packed with information. There is a lot more than Nyle could tell about how Teddy’s death touched a large number of his classmates who were also his friends! It may have been developed into a documentary series consisting of three to five parts focusing on Teddy’s suicide at the Maryland Deaf School.

Use your head, Nyle!

  1. One black kid who identifies as queer said that he was his ex-boyfriend. I’m curious about how they became such a cute couple now that they were.
  2. There are a great number of stories about Teddy that may be told through narration on Netflix.
  3. Why did Nyle only talk to Amaree’s girlfriend about Teddy? It might have been anybody who was interested in discussing Teddy!

Nyle should have interviewed more kids about Teddy’s passing! SMH!

I only see two black women in Audible and Deaf U when they are mothers of Amaree and Rodney during the Netflix interviews. Yet, they weren’t as deaf as their sons. 

When Amaree’s father talks about heroin addiction in his church, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit ecstatic to have this story as a representation. This is the reality for black men who, at a young age, lost sight of their fathers in their lives. My life NEVER included a father of any kind. In contrast to Amaree, I’ll NEVER have the opportunity to see my own father again. Still, he was able to see him again.

The only problem with this film is that Amaree FAILED to find an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter to help him understand what his father is saying in the church:

  1. The only thing Nyle does that makes me sick to my stomach is Amaree stands next to his father and gazes down at the floor.
  2. Because he wasn’t provided with American Sign Language interpreters while his father spoke at his church.
  3. I got the impression that Amaree was being exploited as inspiration porn for the ableist view.
  4. Nyle kept him in the dark and didn’t tell him what his father was saying at the church, but he was able to piece it together after seeing the film for the first time on Netflix!

I gave “Audible” three stars, yet I might have given it two stars!

Jalen proudly shows off in cheerleading and uses his colorful skirt both on the sidelines and on the football field.

Jalen dances with poms-poms in cheer squad at his school's hallway. Photo Credit: Netflix.

Jalen. Photo Credit: Netflix.

  1. That is the first step in a positive direction! I don’t think Jalen’s the only queer in MSD. I think we have others like him.
  2. Also, I’m proud of Amaree for wearing a skirt while honoring Teddy on the basketball court as an excellent ally to the LGBTQIA community!
  3. I wish I had had an ally like him in my high school days! 

How many Schools for the Deaf have openly paid tribute to someone who has committed suicide due to disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity? How many? I don’t think there are many.

Although Deaf U failed to concentrate on deaf LGBT people of color in October 2020, I am pleased to award it three stars rather than two after the show has been made available on Netflix. C’mon, Nyle!

Between 2007 and 2011, I graduated from Missouri Deaf School. The high school boys weren’t allowed to wear dresses and skirts for the pom-pom group at my age. Although I’ve NEVER been in the cheer squad, don’t ask me why! LOL! Ironically, my school only allows boys to join cheer squads. They can do anything except a “tufted skirt”! After all, wearing skirts is an adorable letter to my nostalgic memories of high school days!

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