Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis left ‘disappointed’ by subtitled version of Disney film

Strictly: Deaf This Morning guests discuss Rose Ayling-Ellis

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I was disappointed – my version was much better

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Her role is to remain undetected while conquering northern invaders who threaten their peace.

However, hearing-impaired Rose enjoyed watching it more as a silent movie, using her imagination to interpret what was happening.

Unfortunately, once she had watched it with the text intact, it shattered her illusion, as she learnt that everything the leading character had done was for “the sake of a man”.

The film could be interpreted as portraying that the young girl’s role only exists because her ill father has no male heir.

The feminist Strictly star stated in a conversation with The Sun: “I was disappointed – my version was much better.”

The comments appear to backtrack on previous remarks she had made citing the Disney movie as a major “inspiration”.

Rose’s role as Frankie Lewis in EastEnders has raised awareness for the rights of the hearing-impaired community.

However, her character in the soap has also had her fair share of disappointments relating to men.

After discovering that she had been conceived as the result of sexual abuse by her mother towards her vulnerable underage father, cheeky chappie Mick Carter, (played by Danny Dyer) she had to make a choice about who to support.

Away from the soap, Rose has become a trailblazer for female empowerment, as well as for hearing-impaired people, by becoming the first deaf contestant ever to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

On last weekend’s show, along with professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice, she performed to the track Symphony by Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson.

In one poignant part of the song, the music was muffled and turned down to silence while the performers continued dancing, as a heart-warming hint at how deaf people experience the world.

After they were awarded an almost perfect score, 39 out of a possible 40 points, judge Shirley Ballas praised: “This is a number that will be etched in my heart for a long time. It was absolutely beautiful.

“I’m sure the deaf community will be absolutely so proud of you.”

Rose’s performance with Giovanni also won praise from Anton du Beke, who cited it “the greatest thing I’ve ever seen on the show”.

Meanwhile, Rose herself spoke out on the show thanking her dance partner for helping to deliver a positive message.

“I feel very thankful for your determination to make this dance the most positive, happy dance it can be,” she explained.

“You know that there’s nothing wrong [with being deaf], it’s such a joy to be deaf.

“I think that says a lot about you as a person.”

Rave reviews look set to continue this weekend when Rose and Giovanni perform Love Is An Open Door, this time inspired by the Disney movie Frozen.

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