'Dancing With the Stars' Winner Nyle DiMarco Calls out Jamie Foxx for Making up Sign Language

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Jamie Foxx is in some serious hot water and now, Nyle DiMarco is calling him out.

The Dancing With the Stars winner was the first fully deaf contestant in the show's history and is now weighing in on Foxx's controversial appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Foxx appeared on the late night show and made up sign language in an attempt to be funny, a move many are calling disrespectful.

DiMarco shared a passionate letter on Twitter that addressed the Oscar winner.

"Jamie Foxx's behavior with Jimmy Fallon on Fallon Tonight should not be tolerated anywhere," the statement started. "We simply do not make fun at the expense of other cultures especially those with a history of being marginalized. When we do this, progress takes a step backward."

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The America's Next Top Model winner added that sign language is important to him because it's the "bedrock of the deaf community." He wrote that only two percent of deaf people have access to education in the language.

"That is why I started Nyle DiMarco Foundation," he continued. "We are working with other organizations to ensure every deaf child has a usable language before the age of 5. What Foxx did on Fallon tonight made our struggle that much harder."

DiMarco previously tweeted his displeasure with Foxx after witnessing his actions the night the show aired.

"Jamie Foxx it is straight up disrespectful to make up sign language," DiMarco tweeted. "Everything is in gibberish."

In an additional tweet, the advocate also blasted Fallon.

"How was this allowed? Where's the cultural sensitivity. Not comedy when you make fun of others," he continued.

Photo Credit: Twitter / @ETCanada


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