After CODA’s Oscar win, The Simpsons speaks Sign Language

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The animated series will integrate in its next episode its first deaf actor.

We’re going to speak sign language in the next episode of season 33 of simpsons, broadcast this Sunday in the USA! After the historic victory of CODA at the 2022 Oscars, the cartoon will introduce its first deaf actor … Which was not easy, knowing that the characters of Springfield only have four fingers!

“It was a bit tricky, especially because we’re translating Shakespeare into Sign Language… But I think we pulled it off,” comments in Variety Loni Steele Sosthand, the author of the episode in question which will be titled “The Sound of Bleeding Gums”.

It thus marks the very first use of Sign Language in The Simpsons and also includes the first deaf actor in the series.

The story centers on Lisa Simpson, who discovers that her favorite musician and mentor, the late “Bloody Gums” saxophonist Murphy had a son who was born deaf. She meets the young man, Monk… The episode is inspired by the family of Soshand, who explains in Variety: “I am Métis; my father’s black and jazz were important in our house. But when I think of music, I also think of my brother, who was born deaf. When we were talking about this character from Bloody Gums in our first chats, we thought it would be cool if Lisa discovered this other side of her life. That led to him having a son, and then we based that character a little bit on my brother…”

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He’s the actor John Autry II through Gleewho thus embodies the character of Monk: “It’s so amazing to be in The Simpsons. It’s a life-changing form of equality. It can impact change for all of us. It’s about hard of hearing and hearing characters coming together. It’s part of the story.”

And inevitably, this also refers to the victory of CODA at the Oscars a few days ago. Even if Al Jean assures that the development of this episode was in progress well before the release of the film: “I was one of the first viewers of CODA and I really admire this movie“, continues Soshand. “IThere are themes that find a bit of an echo here, stemming from a fraternal relationship. And also CODA talks about music and the deaf experience. I think it’s great, because the deaf experience isn’t just a story, there are so many stories to tell…”

In France, all of the simpsons can be seen on Disney+.

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