Liberal publication “deaf shames” disabled ballet dancer by photoshopping away her cochlear implant for its glamour ad
(Natural News) Virgin Active, which is a chain of health clubs located in South Africa, Italy, Spain, Australia and a few other countries, has recently come under fire for allegedly editing out the cochlear implant of one of their models, 27-year-old Simone Botha Welgemoed.
Naturally, when Welgemoed noticed that her implants were not in the advertisement when it was officially published, she was not very happy. “I was shockingly surprised, and it felt like somebody just dropped a bucket of water on me,” she said in an interview with The Sun. “I couldn’t believe what I saw when my sister tagged me in the Virgin advertisement on Instagram. I couldn’t believe what I saw.”
Welgemoed explained that she was “born profoundly deaf” and received her cochlear implant (CI) at the young age of 22 months. “At that stage I was the youngest child in Africa to receive it – without my CI I hear absolutely nothing at all,” she said. (Related: Why are healthy young men in America suddenly going deaf?)
When she realized that Virgin had digitally removed her cochlear implant, she immediately contacted the company for an explanation. “Virgin Active immediately responded to my post on Facebook and made contact with me to meet with them,” Welgemoed explained, adding that the company was extremely apologetic and that “somebody on the creative team, probably uneducated about hearing disability if I…Read More