I guess nobody expected deaf people to watch Nelson Mandela’s funeral because the sign language interpreter didn’t know sign language:
JOHANNESBURG — The sign-language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela’s globally broadcast memorial service was a faker who was just waving his arms around meaninglessly, advocates for the deaf said Wednesday.
The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders including United States President Barack Obama “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director, told The Associated Press.
While that is embarrassing I’m having a difficult time finding where the outrage is coming from. Mandela’s funeral consisted of a good number of world “leaders” taking the stage and bullshitting us. They help up Mandela as an advocate of peace, a noble trait, while they planned more bombings, torture, and other egregious violations of human decency. Their words were empty and the interpreter reflected that perfectly.