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Dak Man
11th Dec 2013, 13:07
Mandela memorial sign language interpreter 'was making it up' | Society | theguardian.com (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/11/mandela-memorial-sign-language-interpreter-making-it-up-fake)

Mandela memorial sign language interpreter 'was making it up'

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Dec 2013, 13:16
Reminds me of the clown they rounded up to sing the SA anthem at a rugby match against France a few years back. The major criteria of being the correct hue was fulfilled and the dreadlocks were a bonus. Everything else was made up on the fly, including the anthem.

11th Dec 2013, 13:34
Can't say as I can do any form of deaf sign language...but I do know that there is NO internationally recognised form of sign language; it differs from country to country. So the bloke in question may have been a genuine sign interpreter...but from some different part of the world. I used to deal with interpreters whilst dealing with asylum interviews; we had a comprehensive listing of interpreters for all known languages, and the sign language thing was about the only one that could stump you, if you didn't know from where your deaf passenger originated! Your only hope was that you could get communication by guessing a language and writing your questions....as long as the subject was literate....

11th Dec 2013, 13:39
The guy was labeled a "fake" by the National Director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, according to the CBC, so I think that gets round the incorrect sign language issue.

11th Dec 2013, 13:44
As a matter of interest, what symbols/gestures were used a couple of years ago when the news media reported on the tragedy at Cockermouth?

Dak Man
11th Dec 2013, 13:45
Perhaps he was signing a specific Obama dialect.


11th Dec 2013, 14:16
In a similar vein didn't the BBC once pull in a mini cab driver as an Economic Expert and interview him

Bit wrong - he was there for a job interview:

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | BBC News 'wrong Guy' is revealed (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4774429.stm)

Dak Man
11th Dec 2013, 14:46
I do wonder whether or not he'll eventualy be revealed as Tony Blair's speech writer.

11th Dec 2013, 16:08
Would it make more sense if one were to estimate that he was signing in Ebonics? :E

Flap 5
11th Dec 2013, 18:56
This is becoming a major embarrassment to the organisers. It's on all the news channels here. Clearly not an embarrassment to the person in question though. :hmm: