Skip to comments.Sign language interpreter Lydia Callis upstages New York mayor
Posted on 10/30/2012 10:03:21 AM PDT by george76
She is either taking a subversive jab at the mayor of New York or is extremely passionate about the recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
Either way, Lydia Callis is now the world's most talked-about sign language interpreter.
Callis has captured countless hearts and minds with her animated translations of press conferences on hurricane Sandy and its fallout, rolling her eyes and puffing out her cheeks as she stands next to the stone-faced Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
She sends the message with her hands. But she tells the story with her face.
Bloomberg has realized he is at least being upstaged
(Excerpt) Read more at ca.news.yahoo.com ...
With respect to the hearing impaired, this is over-the-top political correctness run amok. Most if not all deaf viewers have closed-captioning.
Liberals have them front and center. Christie, on the other hand, just delivered his message and got on with it.
LOL, the look on Bloombergs face says it all.
She’s the only reason we watch a Bloomberg presser.
Sign language interpreters often use extreme facial expression. It’s a part of communication.
Cute girl (at least to this old phart).
Quite talented at what she does.
I have wondered why this is done given that most all deaf folks would have closed captioning turned on.
Funny, yesterday I called my wife to the TV to watch her.
She’s as fast as he can talk too. Fascinating.
Right. I was going to say that.
From my experience, deaf people are very, very good at lip reading and hence the reason you see coaches on sidelines with the card in front of their face and catchers and pitchers covering their faces when they talk. I suppose in a large room it may be helpful, but there is no need for the person to be standing right next to the speaker.
Bloomberg has a new girlfriend?
If she was in Saudi Arabia doing the interpreting of the Saudi king she’d have to wear a burka which would bring down the expressiveness factor down a few notches.
It is so bizarre to watch these interpreters. Very distracting.
I would too, LOL.
LOL ... back in the day when SNL was funny!
Lending attitude and expression to signing is part of the language. Some speakers and some signers are more expressive than others but it’s not upstaging anyone. Closed captioning is not the same as being spoken to in your language nor is it the same for signing.
cuter than the Obama ad girl
I’m not sure but I might be in love..:)
In this case, a picture is worth... well, it's priceless!
That post should rate an FR Hall of Fame....
Be understanding. She was hyped on caffeine from that super-large soda shed just bought at 7-11.
So that is what she is a sign language “person.” I thought it was someone having a fit.
It is funny to watch the sign language interpreter try to keep up, especially if the speaker is using lots of words outside of the ASL vocabulary. I saw the Capitol Steps once and they were using a local sign language interpreter who wasn't familiar with their performance, especially the "Lirty Dies" routine where a lot of the humor is switching letters is words so the signer has to spell them out. Part way through the performer stopped, looked at the signer and said something like "I think her fingers just fell off". The crowd laughed and she then had to sign that joke too.
Thanks for posting a little bit of the video.
I watched the original with the sound off and it is absolutely hilarious. Without the sound, she seems to be describing a sexual experience that went bad.
It's just a stupid politically-correct gesture. Just put a text crawl on the screen in case the watcher does not have closed captioning.
For the uninitiated (Sign Language) as a recognized language.
Are you kidding? The true comedy starts when Bloomberg commits felonious assault on the Spanish language.
There was a very funny scene in Spin City where something similar happened:
This woman is great, but let’s face it...a potted plant could upstage Doomberg.
I don’t know sign language, but going by the poster’s name I believe I know what he is saying.
Whenever Doomberg tries to be soooo PC and murder the Spanish language, I just go “La-la-la-la-la” loud enough to drown him out until the danger is over. It’s the English stuff he blathers that is the true danger, however. He really thinks he has some sort of corner on the brains market. He actually (I am NOT kidding) initially expected NYC employees, if they could not get to their regular job place, to go somewhere else to “see if they could help.” Yeah, I was gonna be the first in line to kiss Doomberg butt and endanger my life getting to a place to do scutwork which could wait for safer conditions. We didn’t hear about this nonsense again once the imbecile finally absorbed the true danger of the storm.
This is almost as funny as the recent Neil Young clip on You Tube. It’s of Young performing at a concert and there is a woman signing to the audience the lyrics to the song that is being played.
She’s got boinkability . . .
She’s got boinkability . . .
I saw her with Bloomie last night. She was good!!
Glad I’m not the only one to notice this - I sorta felt bad last night watching this bcuz I was in tears laughing so hard.. my wife walked in wondering what was so funny and I said it looks like she’s making fun of him!
Baaahahaha!! Me too, if Mrs. Colonel was dead.
Jeff Dunham and Peanut have a bit on having had an ASL interpreter at a performance. One of the funniest bits I have ever seen - gasping on the floor funny.
THAT's true. BeuNOS DIas POR FAver. We had to flip at that point. I was too embarrassed for him....painful to watch...I mean es doloroso ver...
She’s got good moves.
Hollywood will be calling soon.
The number of hearing impaired people is small in any population and I can’t imagine anyone with a hearing problem not making use of the closed captioning systems that are available on just about any TV set sold in the last 10 years. The need for sign language interpreters in these situations is over blown. Here in the Midwest tornado and severe weather warnings are always broadcast with captioning and not sign language interpreters.
She’s got them moves like Jagger.
I was LOL watching her last night.
She looked like a third base coach on steroids giving out signs to steal all four bases.
Secretly, I was hoping she was telling the deaf folks what a complete putz Bloomberg was.
Only if it was done by Lydia, though.....
She’s awesome! Can I borrow her?
I need her for a party tomorrow night.