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Fake Sign Language interpreter at Mandela Memorial
You can see on the video that the signs are obviously nonsense and don’t match a real signer.
It was first spotted by people on twitter. He seems to repeat the same signs over and over. It raises big questions about how seriously South Africa took the accessibility of the event for disabled people. Also raises questions about security if this man was a fake. How carefully were his credentials checked?
"means that on a day when the world saluted a man who fought oppression, a guy stood on stage and effectively oppressed another minority – Deaf people, by making a mockery of our language."
from the Limping Chicken Deaf news and blog
This is an insult to deaf people, and in fact, all disabled people.
There are people in this thread who have been raising various questions and comments. I can’t address all of them. Just wanted to note:
1. No, the fake interpreter wasn’t supposed to be signing ASL. He should have been signing South African Sign Language, which is very different from ASL. (No, signed languages are not the same all over, there are many different signed languages just like there are many different spoken languages. And, no, signed languages are not just a code for spoken languages. They have their own grammar, syntax, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and so forth. Meaning, they are LANGUAGES that evolved in their own way.)
2. Deaf South African people, including some key leaders like Bruno Druchen who heads the Federation of the Deaf of South Africa and Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, a deaf woman who is on the national parliament of South Africa (ie, basically the equivalent of a US Congress person or Senator, but in South Africa) and also a key officer in the World Federation of the Deaf are reporting that, no, this man was not at all using South African Sign Language. They assert that he was just using gestures that had no meaning. They are furious about this and are pushing the ANC to give them answers. You can find news articles quoting them if you google Mandela sign interpreter Druchen. And you can find other Deaf South African people being quoted in the media with some hunting, too.
3. Another note to be aware of: many fluent Deaf signers can tell the difference between someone using a sign language unfamiliar to them and someone making random gibberish gestures in the same way that many hearing people can hear the difference between someone speaking a spoken language unfamiliar to them and someone speaking random spoken gibberish. No, it’s no iron clad guarantee that they’re necessarily right every time, but when oodles of Deaf signers from different countries come out saying, “This can’t be any real existing sign language” usually there’s likely to be a good reason for that.
4. I’m not qualified to talk about the racial dimensions of this. But I know at least Wilma (mentioned further above and quoted in some of the media coverage) is a deaf woman of color.
5. I do agree with some of the comments from others that it is unfair to paint the entire South African country as ableist because of this one incident. Is there ableism in South Africa? I’m sure there is. Ableism exists in EVERY country, even in places like the United States that has great (albeit not perfect) laws and institutions in place to prevent some of it (albeit, not all) from happening. But there is also a strong disability rights movement and a strong Deaf rights movement in particular in South Africa. The national parliament of South Africa has had a deaf woman on it (Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, mentioned further above) for YEARS, in fact decades. How many other countries can you name that has a deaf woman in their parliament? And the South African Deaf rights movement is strong enough that they’ve been leading the outcry against this fake interpreter. They don’t need white (or hearing) saviors, from the US or anywhere else. If people really want to help, they should reach out to the Deaf Federation of South Africa (http://www.deafsa.co.za/) and ask how to support them in continuing to lead on this issue.
Update from Huff Post:
South African parliament member Wilma Newhoudt, a member of the ruling party and who is also deaf, added the man communicated nothing with his hand and arm movement, Sky News reported.
Braam Jordaan, a deaf South African and board member of the World Deaf Federation, also said he believed the interpreter was creating his own signs as he went along.
Mr Jordaan told the SBS news website: “I was really upset and humiliated. He made up his own signs.
"What happened at the memorial service is truly disgraceful thing to see - it should not happen at all.
"What happened today will be forever aligned with Nelson Mandela & Deaf Community, thanks to this fake interpreter."
Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages.
Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said the man on stage was an “embarrassment”.
She said: “It was horrible, an absolute circus, really really bad.
"Only he can understand those gestures."
Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter with DeafSA, said authorities were trying to track the man down.
She said: “There was zero percent accuracy. He couldn’t even get the basics right. He couldn’t even say thank you.
"You’re supposed to indicate with your facial expressions, even if it’s not an exact sign. He didn’t indicate that (booing of Jacob Zuma) at all. It just passed him by.
"Nobody knows who he is. Even at this hour we still don’t have his name."
THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS!
I was just linked this:
The man who has been blasted on social networks and accused of providing “fake” sign language interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service says he suffered a schizophrenic episode.
Thamsanqa Jantjie said his schizophrenia, for which he takes medication, has not only left many people angry and accusing him of being an impostor, but it was also the reason he was medically boarded a few years ago, resulting in him having to rely on a social grant now.
He doesn’t know whether it was the magnitude of what he was doing or the happiness he felt throughout the day that might have triggered the attack while on stage.
Suddenly he lost concentration, and started hearing voices and hallucinating.
Afterwards, it all went downhill and he just signed things that didn’t make sense.
“There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it’s the situation I found myself in.”
Jantjie said that although he was having an episode and continued seeing things and hearing loud voices in his head, things that impaired his ability to hear well and interpret what was being said, he couldn’t leave, so he stayed on and continued to sign things that didn’t make sense.
“Life is unfair. This illness is unfair. Anyone who doesn’t understand this illness will think that I’m just making this up,” he said.
The 34-year-old man makes ends meet by interpreting, and pictures in a document at his house show him on duty next to various people, including President Jacob Zuma.
I don’t know how accurate it is, but there you go.
Reblogging with this new info.
Miss Frizzle and Mary Poppins, Lady Time Lords.
I ship it to the moon.
The Teacher and The Nanny. The Magic School Bus is a TARDIS, and Mary’s bag is bigger on the inside. No one will ever convince me that this is not true. Oh, and I ship it.
For crying out loud, the Magic School Bus actually does travel through time and space, easily changes it’s form like a Chameleon Circuit, and is casually ALIVE in certain ways. It’s a friggin’ TARDIS in all but name!
Anyone who has ever said the doctor could not be a woman has literally never seen either of these characters in action.
Artist Transforms a Single Room into a Series of Surreal Fantasy Worlds
JeeYoung Lee is a Korean artist currently living in Seoul. A recent graduate of Hongik University, Lee transforms her small studio space into a series of surreal fantasy worlds. None of the images below are photoshopped. Everything is built and created in the same small room that measures a modest 11.8′ x 13.5′ x 7.8′ (3.6m x 4.1m x 2.4m).
Each ‘set’ takes weeks, sometimes months to build. And in the midst of it all you will find the artist, carefully placed in each. The various worlds are inspired from dreams, visions and childhood memories. Others are interpretations of her environment and even childhood fables and tales.
A winner of numerous awards including the 2012 Sovereign Art Prize, Lee’s work will be featured at an upcoming solo exhibition entitled Stage of Mind, at the Opiom Gallery in Opio, France from February 14 – March 15, 2014.Artwork by JEEYOUNG LEECourtesy of Opiom Gallery
[via My Modern Met]
i’m so in love
Amazing mirrored sculptures of humans and animals created by talented Scottish artist Rob Mulholland.
Mirrored life-size figures blend into surrounding environment and reflect the constant flux of movement day by day.
So fucking cool
can you imagine just stumbling upon this in the woods tho how fucking scary would that be
My screen froze and this happened