It turns out the sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial political correctness festival was as ersatz as Barack Obama’s winning smile:
An interpreter who was seen by millions of television viewers worldwide translating Nelson Mandela’s memorial service into sign language was a ‘fake’, according to South Africa’s deaf federation.
The unidentified man, who was broadcast standing alongside world leaders including US President Barack Obama, was making up his own signs, according to the Deaf Federation of South Africa.
With the eyes of the world watching the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, the interpreter was ‘moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,’ claimed Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director. …
The Limping Chicken, a leading UK news blog for the deaf, commented: ‘The ‘interpreter’ signed in a way I’ve never seen before, 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.
‘Most puzzlingly, the structure of his hand and body movements didn’t seem to change no matter what the speaker was saying.’
According to Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter with DeafSA,
‘Nobody knows who he is. Even at this hour we still don’t have his name.’
The interpreter was a phony, and nobody knew who he was; he was only there as a prop to pander to political correctness. Sounds like they found the right man for the job, considering that the entire event was phony and pandered to political correctness, and no one there seemed to know who Nelson Mandela was. But Andrew Bolt has a pretty good idea:
Much of the sanctimonious grieving for Nelson Mandela is not just a sin against history – but a danger.
Despite playing a relatively positive role in South Africa’s transition from a prosperous Western to a dysfunctional Third World country due to a moderating influence on more savage elements,
Mandela was no Christ nor even Gandhi nor Martin Luther King. He was for decades a man of violence. In 1961, he broke with African National Congress colleagues who preached non-violence, creating a terrorist wing.
He later pleaded guilty in court to acts of public violence, and behind bars sanctioned more, including the 1983 Church St car bomb that killed 19 people.
Mandela even suggested cutting off the noses of blacks deemed collaborators. His then wife Winnie advocated “necklacing” instead – a burning tyre around the neck.
Mandela argued the apartheid regime left him no option but to fight violence with violence, but it is too easy to claim events proved him right. His legacy is not yet played out.
If Julius Malema ends up in control of South Africa — which seems likely — that legacy could include white genocide, and will almost certainly entail the country degenerating into Zimbabwe-like basket case status.
But so long as he continues to serve as a plastic black Jesus, absolving whites of their neurotic guilt, the horrors that will eventually result from Mandela having taken over South Africa will be swept tidily under the rug.
Phony and ominous as the entire Mandela worship phenomenon may be, you have to admit that the deaf interpreter had some awesome moves: