Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sign Language Interpreter at Memorial Service Was Faking It

 The "complete charlatan who had no clue." Next to him
is Mr. Jantjie, the South African sign language interpreter.

From the AP:

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday...
...Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country's 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn't immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a different method to communicate...
...Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said in a telephone interview that the man on stage purporting to sign was an embarrassment.
"It was horrible, an absolute circus, really really bad," she said. "Only he can understand those gestures."


OregonGuy said...


Can we sign him?

lumberjack said...

Sign him to the Obama team or sign him up for Obamacare?

I was thinking what this reminded me of.... it was right on the tip of my brain... Then it struck me: This is something George Costanza would do. "Sign? Sure, how hard can it be? I'll give it a shot."

GregMan said...

Whatever gibberish he signed was probably better than Obammy's speech anyway.