facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela service called out as fake on Twitter

Interpreter's "hand and body movements didn’t seem to change no matter what the speaker was saying," according to deaf news blog.
By Evan Bleier   |   Dec. 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM   |   Comments

1 of 3
| License Photo
Dec. 10 (UPI) -- According to the U.K. deaf news blog The Limping Chicken, the sign language interpreter at the service for Nelson Mandela was a complete fake.

The interpreter, who was supposed to be signing what speakers were saying so that deaf viewers could understand, had a “strange repetitive rhythm to his movements -- his signs appearing to come in threes or fours, occasionally swinging his shoulders, as if he was signing along with an intermittent beat.”

According to the blog, “the structure of his hand and body movements didn’t seem to change no matter what the speaker was saying.”

Deaf activist Alison Bryan spotted what was going on:




She wasn’t the only one…





The blog ended its post by saying, “Above all I feel sorry for Deaf South Africans, who should have had amazing access to the service, with an interpreter there on screen, but got this instead.”


[The Limping Chicken]

Follow @itishowitis and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Los Angeles bakery delivers marijuana-infused pizzas Los Angeles bakery delivers marijuana-infused pizzas
2
'Stay of execution' for bird living in store 'Stay of execution' for bird living in store
3
Scottish Grindr user employs hookup app to cheat strict U.K. exit polling ban Scottish Grindr user employs hookup app to cheat strict U.K. exit polling ban
4
Circuit breaker thief identified from CCTV footage Circuit breaker thief identified from CCTV footage
5
Irish man called officer 'gay,' exposed buttocks Irish man called officer 'gay,' exposed buttocks
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback