The Mandela Interpreter: What Was He Signing?

The Mandela Interpreter: What Was He Signing?

By The Editors Thursday, December 12th, 2013

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIGN DEPT.

Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday was so powerful and emotional, it left many at a loss for words. Which may have been for the best — at least then their words couldn’t be mangled by some incompetent sign language interpreter. It turns out that Thamsanqa Jantjie, the interpreter for the event and a total fraud (double threat!), was not signing what the speakers were saying — he was just gesturing a bunch of gibberish. But before we rush to judgment, we thought we’d provide the real transcript and examine Jantjie’s...unique interpretation.

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