Wednesday, December 11, 2013

LOL Mandela Ceremony Sign Language Interpreter ‘A Fake’

How appropriate for the fake image being broadcast of who Nelson Mandela was.

NyPo has the story:
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.
Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa’s government said it was preparing a statement.
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.
The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” said Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director.
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.”

This you have to see.


  1. so why would somebody put another somebody on a international stage signing gibberish?

  2. I am fairly proficient in sign language.(8 credits in college)
    It's obvious to the most casually-trained observer to see that the interpretor is speaking in Ebonics.
    All of the "izzles","issies, and "know what I mean"'s is a dead giveaway.

  3. LMAO! His night time job must be sending out Nigerian e-mails.

    What a perfect representative for any government. He can stand up and be a complete fraud while most of the audience has no idea, and assumes he performs a worth while function.

  4. Hogwash. He was very exact in his translation. This guy obviously specializes in the highly accurate interpretation of politicians and government officials.

  5. One gigantic selfie opportunity. The whole event was a international photo and PR orgy.

  6. Absolutely classic. Totally expected from this type of sham setup