Meaning: Inspired by the concept of "whitewashing" when referring to Hollywood's historical practice of casting white or lighter-skinned actors in roles that are meant to be played by other races, hear-washing refers to movie studio's practice of casting hearing or hearing-identity actors in roles of Deaf people.
The term "hearwashing" was coined in early August 2015.
Related signs: AUDISM.
"Love that sign. It made a lot of sense toward these film industries or media view on the role of Deaf people. I would sign that for sure!" -- Henry Sanders, August 2015.
"CHAMP! I'm going to start using this sign." -- Mac Bull, 2015.