In case you weren’t already sure before, Chance the Rapper just solidified his role as the music industry’s superhero.
Just a couple months after donating $1 million to the Chicago public school systems, Chance, whose full name is Chancellor Bennett, made an announcement on social media that he's hired an ASL interpreter for his upcoming shows to help his deaf and hard-of-hearing fans enjoy his concerts more fully.
And the adorable announcement will just make you love him even more!
“Hi, I’m Chance,” he says in the video, with an interpreter standing next to him. “I’m playing a show in Tampa tomorrow night and I want all of those who are hard-of-hearing and deaf in the Tampa area to come out and see our show. We’ll have interpreters at the show, it’ll be a new thing going forward to help everybody be able to experience the show.”
Though other rappers and performers have had ASL interpreters at their shows, this announcement puts the 24-year-old down in history as the first rapper to hire his own ASL interpreters from the company DEAFinitely Dope, a company dedicated “uniting the hearing and Deaf community through music and sign language, breaking barriers in the process,” as it says on their website.
“If you know anyone that’s hard of hearing or deaf…please invite them,” Chance goes on to say in the video. “We just wanna turn up!”
Needless to say, the comment section of the video is filled to the brim with praise and support from fans everywhere.
“Chance has such a big heart. He deserves to be recognized for actually rapping about things that matter to him despite what others have to say! Sending a good message,” one fan wrote, while another added, “Thank [you] Chance. My son is deaf. [You’re] the first celebrity who's included the hearing impaired/deaf (& their families) communities feel welcomed.”
Well, Chano, it’s clear that you’re Hollywood’s nice guy! Keep it up!
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