DEAF WOMAN’S TWEET ABOUT PELOTON SPOOF SNAGS ATTENTION OF RYAN REYNOLDS

'There's a lot of deaf and hard of hearing people who don't get to have the same experience as hearing people'

Crystal Jones, an Edmonton-based artist and advocate, hopes her interaction will help raise awareness for media accessibility for the deaf community. (Crystal Jones/Facebook)

When Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted out a new, boozy spoof of the much-ridiculed Christmas commercial for the Peloton exercise bike, Crystal Jones couldn’t get the joke.

Jones is deaf and Reynolds’s online ad mocking the viral commercial featuring the now-infamous “Peloton woman” didn’t have closed captioning.

Frustrated, Jones tweeted at Reynolds and asked him to remedy the situation.

“I explained to him that there’s a lot of deaf and hard of hearing people who don’t get to have the same experience as hearing people,” Jones said in an interview Wednesday with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.

“I often feel left out of a lot of things. I do try to make people aware that I don’t have the privilege of equal access to the same information that they do.”

To Jones’s surprise, Reynolds responded within a couple hours and added the captioning as requested.

“I didn’t expect him to reply,” said Jones, an Edmonton-based artist and deaf advocate.

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