Oscar-winning ‘CODA’ star Troy Kotsur learns sign language on ‘Sesame Street’

Troy Kotsur stopped at “Sesame Street” to help the muppets learn a little sign language.

The Academy Award-winning actor, 53, appeared in Monday’s episode of the popular children’s program “Word of the Day.” The “CODA” star shared with Rosita and Count of “Sesame Street” that he is deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. And thought the muppets didn’t know sign language, Kotsur was more than happy to teach them a little bit with the help of a friend.

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“Oh, but I don’t know American Sign Language,” Rosita said to Kotsur. “Me neither,” said Count. “How do you know what we’re saying?”

Kotsur assured the couple not to worry and suggested translator Xavier. Kotsur wanted to make sure that they ‘all could communicate with each other’.

“There are so many ways we can communicate,” said Rosita, giving Kotsur the perfect fit for the word of the day. “You know, today’s word is all about that,” Kotsure explained. “The word of the day is diversity.” Kotsur then used ASL to sign the word and asked Rosita and Count to try it for themselves.

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“What does diversity mean Señor Troy?” asked Rosita. “Diversity is understanding and valuing our differences,” Kotsur replied. “Differences in the way we look, where we come from, and how we communicate.”

“But one thing we all have in common is that we’re all friends,” Kotsur added before asking Rosita and Count to sign the word “friends” with him.