Skip to comments.Mandela Memorial: Deaf Interpreter Was 'Fake'
Posted on 12/11/2013 3:25:38 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
South Africa's deaf federation has confirmed that an interpreter using sign language during the Mandela memorial was a "fake".
Concerns over the male interpreter had been raised by deaf people watching the service at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
Bruno Druchen, national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, said the unidentified man who was on stage alongise world leaders including US President Barack Obama, "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for".
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So stupid.......if there was International Sign Language people EVERYWHERE could communicate with OTHER PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!!!!
Fake interpreter for a fake President.
Just like our President. He’s a fake operated by a teleprompter.
You could say almost the same thing about King Barry:
"he was moving his lips around but there was no meaning in whatever came out of his mouth"
....he had a swarm of wasps buzzing around him...
We’ve had the Iron Age, Industrial Age, Computer Age, now we’re in the Fake Age.
Sure. Fake, but accurate.
This is too hilarious!!
I’ll bet you we will learn he’s some guy from the crown who just walked on to the stage. No ID check, no pat-down, nothing...
The reason is obvious. The man was explaining Obamacare..................
uh, maybe because no language is “universal”
S.A. is notoriously corrupt. My guess he is a relative of a politician, put on payroll thinking they could actually get away with it. He is probably doing security now, or chauffeuring.
Helen Keller reading the waffle iron and singing along?
No ID check, no pat-down, nothing...
He was signing in Handbonics, you racist bastards! ;’)
The rebuttal will be that he was signing in Swahili.
Boy, that’s great security.
He said “for my president” three different ways. LOL
I don’t think he was an interpreter.
He was a fly swatter.
0bama was in the vicinity.
It probably made more sense than what the rest of the people were hearing — especially coming out of the mouth of Owonderful.
I Thought take the guy moving his hands around and not saying anything was ‘Bammy’?
Yeah, but I can think of some hand gestures I’d like use around Dear Leader that are pretty universal....
Obama must have volunteered him.
OMG - Even the sign language is FAKE!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Oh Come ON!
Don’t you recognize Bantu sign language when you see it?/S
He was signing in Austrian?
You would have an interpreter that understood that SPOKEN language and Re-interpreted into UNIVERSAL SIGN Language and everyone who KNEW the Universal Sign Language, no matter what SPOKEN language they used, would understand it. I know it’s a little deep....sorry.
Bantu was one of the planets Mungo Baobab visited on his journeys across the galaxy. It was located in the Emmo sector.
The planet was popular for its rainbow sunsets. Somewhere near Bantu, Ebenn Q3 Baobab left the merchant fleet, only to be apprehended and imprisoned by the Moras. After being forced into serving in the Mora Infantry, Ebenn somehow wound up in the “employ” of the Hutts, who enlisted him in the Koong Wars for their own designs.
FOUND THIS ON WOOKIEEPEDIA .........enough laughs for an entire morning
Where’s Garrett Morris when we need him?
Yep, the new Latin, and you wouldn't have to learn the verbal nuances.
The problem is that it would be a different language with its own set of grammar, colloquialisms, etc. That would mean that hearing parents would have to learn a different language, not just apply sign, to speak to their deaf children. Most hearing people talk at the same time they sign, which obviously wouldn't work. Also the deaf would be forced to learn two languages just to get by. Remember that using a language is a lot more complicated than just memorizing a list of nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
I think the net result would be more internationally astute deaf people, but far, far fewer people using sign.
It would be pretty BASIC, as I see it.
He’s too busy trying to survive on TV sitcoms playing bit parts...
I really think they need to have a reunion show for those who are still around from the hey days of SNL...And not mention the stoopid goobers they have on the cast (show)now...
Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd, Jane Curtain, Garrett Morris, et. al. that genre of performers were classic and priceless...Ithink they might even be able to drag Steve Martin in to guest host the show(s)...Maybe even Robin Williams...
That stuff was funny raght thar, I don care who ya arre!!!
Could this “memorial service” have been any less classy?
I like the idea of basic universal sign language, but that would have the effect of decreasing its usefulness.
My experience is that you can learn hundreds of nouns, verbs, and adjectives in a foreign launguage without a lot of effort, but the communication provided is extremely basic. It gets you through the daily necessities (food, lodging, purchasing), but a real conversation involving concepts is impossible. To really catch on, a universal sign language would have to be robust enough to explain a persons medical symptoms, tell jokes, etc.
This may have been the first international gathering where TWO current Kenyan presidents were in attendance!
As a side note, I think we’ll have truly effective electronic translators in the not too distant future.
Text translation is already making remarkable leaps, and in a way, text is a sign language.
Verbal recognition has a ways to go, but I think its doable. Keeping in mind that people of the same language and dialect don’t always understand what the other is trying to say.
It’s the thought that counts so each person must find their own meaning in the hand movements and interpret it as they must.