i could read this over 194263 times and it’ll still make my heart do backflips
Historic fake: Sign language interpreter at Mandela Memorial was a ‘Fraud’
Published on 11 Dec 2013
South Africa’s deaf community on Wednesday accused the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial of being a fake, who had merely flapped his arms around during speeches.
DeafSA, South Africa’s leading deaf association, condemned the presence of the unknown man at the memorial to Mandela attended by President Jacob Zuma and scores of world leaders including US President Barack Obama.
While dignitaries were addressing the crowd in the 95,000-seat Soccer City stadium, the young suited man with an official security pass round his neck produced a series of hand signals that experts said meant absolutely nothing.
"He’s a complete fraud," said Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town. "He wasn’t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around."
The interpreter, who translated US President Barack Obama’s speech, looked as if he was “trying to swat a few flies away from his face and his head”.
"The deaf community in South Africa are completely outraged and nobody knows who he is," added Loening. "We can’t find a name or anything. The organisations who have accredited interpreters do not know him at all."
The thing that makes me the saddest about the fake sign language interpreter used at the Nelson Mandela memorial event is that people are so generally unaware of what a sign language should look like that he was able to get away with it for so long. There’s repetition, limited use of the full body space, a lack of anything that looks like manual finger spelling and no facial expressions.
South African Sign Language used in official broadcasts is related to British Sign Language. It would have been an amazing displace of inclusivity if the organisers of the event had managed to get it right.
Is that fucking Beyonce turning into Shakira
People don’t even realize how amazing the direction and editing was for the Beautiful Liar music video. Along with how frickin amazing these two are together.
Why am I just now noticing this shit. I knew they looked like twins in this video but DAMN.
OH MY GOD JUST NOTICED THAT
I been notice that when I first seen the video.. yall so late lol
when u can tell which era a gif or a pic is from by the member’s hair and clothes u know ur in too deep
aquariums are one of my favorite places to be
this made me really calm for no reason at all
There is not a single human strength or quality that you are missing in order to fulfill your dreams.
You have everything within you to be or do whatever you want, even if the odds appear to be against you.