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'The Simpsons' features deaf actor for the first time

Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Matt Groening, Lisa Simpson, Marge Simpson, Maggie Simpson
Posted at 8:40 PM, Apr 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 20:40:48-04

For the first time in its 33-year run, "The Simpsons" featured a deaf actor and American Sign Language. The episode featured Lisa Simpson meeting the son of her favorite musician, who is deaf.

Actor John Autry II played Monk, the son of Bleeding Gums Murphy. The characters used American Sign Language to communicate throughout the episode. 

The show's executive producer Al Jean says he was excited to be able to have a "first" after so many years on air.

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