I’ve been a Marlee Matlin fan since Children of a Lesser God. She’s great in just about everything she does. Her turn on Picket Fences was memorable and gay-friendly; she stole the show every time she strolled into The West Wing; and even if you want Bette and Tina to get back together on The L Word, you can’t deny that Jodi has made things interesting. Plus, I just think she’s hot.
A reader (thanks, tuckatangent) sent me a link to a fascinating Matlin-related drama. It seems Mo Rocca, media personality extraordinaire, recently said a pretty stupid thing on his blog. Here’s the offending "joke," posted last week:
Uh, Mo? The thing is, you’re an idiot. But at least you know it now. Rocca was immediately taken to task by Matlin’s interpreter, Jack Jason, who explained (no doubt while cursing and gnashing his teeth) that deaf people are more than capable of enjoying American Idol and music generally. Rocca took it to heart, and he also took the opportunity to beg for a personal reply from Marlee. He got it, and it was brilliant. Here’s the heart of Marlee’s comment (for best results, read the whole thing!):
"Let’s just lower the volume" is officially my new motto. I can’t think of a better way to balance free speech with basic awareness and decency. Marlee, will you please run for president now? If not president of the whole country, then president of something. Hey, Hillary still needs a running mate. OK, maybe not.
Matlin ended her comment on Rocca’s blog with a nod to my favorite art school dean:
You’d be crazy not to take her up on that offer, Mo. Four-eyed types should stick together.