Marlee Matlin Not happy with CBS.
CBS was one of several networks broadcasting Super Bowl LVIII live on Sunday, February 11. Although American Sign Language (ASL) performers – Pineapple angel, Shaheem Sanchez And Daniel Durant – were introduced before their specials, and the network has now shown them at all during the broadcast.
“I am absolutely shocked at CBS for featuring deaf performers in today’s #SuperBowl pre-game and then not showing even a second (or more) of their performance…as has been the tradition for the past 30 years. WHY!?” Matlin was posted on X (formerly Twitter).
Before kickoff, Matlin encouraged people across the X to watch the ASL interpreters at both the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows. The NFL and CBS Sports promoted a separate ASL-focused live broadcast on X as well and included images of ASL performers in their promotional materials.
Super Bowl LVIII welcomed deaf performers for each song before kickoff. Pinheiro was interpreted for Post MalonePerforming “America the Beautiful” while Dancing with the stars Alum Durant signed alongside Reba McEntirePerforming the national anthem. Sanchez, who is also a dancer, performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with second day and later performed alongside Guide During the halftime show.
Sanchez appeared on CBS Mornings on Monday, February 12, to discuss his role in Usher’s halftime show. “They chose me this year,” he said. “It’s going to be different because we’re actually making history. Last year, it was like just interpretation. This year we have more performance. There’s dancing and signing, and breaking that up into one performance to show that it’s a performance, not just an interpretation.”
“I am a deaf performer, not a deaf interpreter,” Sanchez added.
Matlin became the first deaf actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1987 for her role in a film The youngest sons of GodIn which she played the role of a doorman. She was also the youngest actress to win in this category, as she was only 21 years old at the time. In 1993, Matlin interpreted the national anthem in ASL alongside Garth Brooks at Super Bowl XXVII.
At Super Bowl 2023, ASL translators appearing on the main broadcast included Colleen Denny, Justina Miles, and Troy Kotsur. Kotsur (54 years old) won an Oscar for his role in the film Coda. He signed off on the national anthem alongside Chris Stapleton, as well as Cheryl Lee Ralph’s rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
“I play Francis Scott Key in this performance, and it was really fun for me,” the actor told Variety in 2023. “And because I’m an artist and an actor, I get to do a lot of things.” Analysis and research to find out that character. I don’t want to just sign it word for word. I want it to be meaningful, with emotion and with multiple layers of nuance and colour.