Originally Posted by Tousi
Don't forget to add, D--normal every day folks. Ever since this sign was invented, hundreds of thousands of people of all walks of life have used it---to what extent they did afterwards doesn't matter; the deaf world gets tickled pink that it is used--good exposure. But it is wrong just because somebody named Sarah Palin used it? Yeah, right.....
Yes, every day folks use it IN CONTEXT. I don't go around in the halls holding up the ILY sign for no reason. I find no difference in this and her bringing up her African American friend up with her in the stands for no reason.
"See? See? I'm friends with the bla... uhh African Americans!"
Let's ignore intent for the moment. As for exposure, I really have no idea how much of an impact the ILY sign would make on hearing/deaf people. So if you think this generates a positive reinforcement towards deaf people, great, but that doesn't change my suspicions on why she'd use ILY sign in the first place.