December 11, 2013, - 12:27 pm

Funnier Than Fake Sign Language Interpreter @ Mandela Funeral: PC Apologies by NBC, ABC Hosts After They Mock It

By Debbie Schlussel

We really needed a fake sign language interpreter when Barack Obama said, “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”


It’s only fitting that a false hero had a fake sign language interpreter at his funeral. And it would have been a great opportunity for an Islamic terrorist to hit all of his friends and foes of the world in one fell swoop, since there was no security screening and no metal detectors at Mandelastock. But even funnier than the story of the guy who pretended to be signing at Mandela’s funeral are the reactions of the hosts of NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “The View” after they and/or their producers mocked the fake signer on their respective shows, this morning. I only wish videos of those were up already (but, sadly, they are not, so you’ll have to read my descriptions, below).

The mocking was funny. The PC apologies afterward were even more hilarious . . . and revealing of the humorlessness of these politically correct, uber-left hosts.

First up was NBC’s “Today” show. From 9:00-10:00 a.m. Eastern, the show is co-hosted by Al Roker, Natalie Morales, and Willie Geist. At first, while they were describing the story, a bubble popped up on the screen, featuring a post-middle-aged Today show producer doing fake sign language of what they were saying. It was hilarious. But Roker, Morales, and Geist put on their faux-serious faces and got all upset, urging the producer to stop. Then, they apologized profusely, over and over again for this. Then, two segments later, they began another segment with more serious apologies. Guys, get a sense of humor (and get rid of whatever it is that’s stuck up your rear ends) . . . STAT.

Then, there was ABC’s anti-male yenta hag-fest a/k/a “The View.” Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Jenny also started doing mock sign language while they were discussing the story, albeit less funny because, well, they just aren’t funny. After the commercial break, more serious apologies to the deaf community. Yup, this is what we’ve become: a country with humorless, uber-self-important media stars who need to get a life and come down from their PC holier-than-thou thrones. Attention, media nitwits: if you mock the fake sign language interpreter, you’re not mocking deaf people. Two different categories of people.

In any event, I think the story is hilarious. And so was that Today show producer. The fact that this fake sign language interpreter was up there next to the world’s leaders–each trying to outdo the other in their commitment to civil rights and their verbal Lewinsky’s to the dead emperor with no clothing, Mandela–is so symbolic of the whole Mandela funeral.

Mandelastock, and all of its players, was nothing more than fakery and comedy. More ideas for other events that need a fake sign language dude:

* All Obama press conferences, State of the Union addresses, and “We Fixed ObamaCare Glitches” speeches #435,853-435,877;

* Whenever Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, or Harry Reid opens his/her mouth;

* All episodes of the “Daily Show” (especially now that Jon Stewart Leibowitz is back from his absence from the show).

Add your ideas for other events and broadcasts that need a fake sign language interpreter.

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21 Responses

What is stuck up their rear ends, as you put it, is Obama’s middle finger, which is sign language for “you are fucked.”

Any quesions?

panhandle on December 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Yeah – with closed captioning these days, who needs fake sign language interpreters?

The media went out of its way to insult the hard of hearing and deaf – and for the record, as a deaf person, I haven’t mised a thing!

And skipped the Mandela funeral hype. And they can take their PC apologies to America’s disabled and move up their wazoo!

NormanF on December 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Don’t all of you hearing impaired people out there recognize that he was signing in Ebonics?

Jim P. on December 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Well, it’s a slippery slope. If they get away with ridiculing one victim, the whole brittle chain is in danger of breaking.

Little Al on December 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Lucky kid I was, my speech never reflected my severe hearing loss, so I never got any of the brutal bullying some deaf kids faced. For me, fake sign language is every bit as funny as walking down to Chinatown singing “Ching chong, ching chong”.

Robert on December 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I think it’s hilarious and who cares if someone goes through Chinatown saying “ching chong?”

    I grew up watching Italians being portrayed as simple organ grinders and as “gypsys” on television and still see Italians mocked as “Hey-a, whatsamatta fo’ you?” simpletons.

    My entire family immigrated to America in 1959 when my father, a noted physicist, was recruited by Westinghouse. All three of us kids were enrolled in regular public schools and we all learned English and did so very quickly by immersion. My mother was highly literate and would do the NYT crossword puzzles regularly, but she retained her accident. I vividly remember utter morons TALKING LOUD to her and mocking her accent as though she could’nt understand what they were saying.

    Did it irritate me? Sure it did. Do I expect a formal apology or would I waste a single moment of my life trying to edify the occasional imbecile about Italian stereoptyping? Well, not anymore, save for an occasional letter to the editor or rant in this forum, no.

    Lighten the f*ck up, people.

    DS_ROCKS! on December 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hmm, so the folks in the media who originally somewhat made a little fun the of the sign-language interpreter at Mandela’s funeral where on an endless apology tour? Unreal, some folks need to just lighten up, take a joke and move on, making fun of a sing-language interpreter is NOT making fun of the average deaf person, as Debbie explained between the lines in the piece, they’re mere two different sequences, and not the same. The sing-language interpreter is someone on the macro-level, whereas the average deaf person happens to be on the micro-level!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on December 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

multiple lols,
though it’s hard to tell what’s more fake. the speech or the signage.

Frankz on December 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one who found this funny. It beats the giggles and eye-rolling I had when I heard Bruce Springsteen had a sign language interpreter at his stupid concerts!

Skunky on December 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Just saw this.
Here’s the signage guy at another presidential gig getting really jiggy with it.
Just so you know for sure how what kind fiasco you’re dealing with.

Frankz on December 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

group hug time everybody

Frankz on December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I think both the fake signing and the apologies are hilarious. Good grief, the Left is contemptible. Its members don’t even take their stupid professed values seriously.

skzion on December 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    yeah, it’s pretty much a fig leaf

    Frankz on December 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm

“…was nothing more than fakery and comedy…” You, and your regulars, really nailed it Debbie. I’m just curious when the woe-is-me lifeboat reaches capacity, who is gonna get the heave ho first?
I’d say white women who don’t tow the feminist line, but then I’d be fake signing in a language that Debbie already speaks.

nadie on December 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

What’s the rape stat over in S. Africa…25%? The whole place is a trainwreck. Yeah, the place is supposed to be beautiful. But as we know, beauty is only skin deep….I like the term ‘Mandelafest’, by the way.

Not Ovenready on December 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

If the sign language was fake, what difference does that make? The whole set of pontifications were senseless mindless drivel about the glory of terrorism and racism. So anyone following the “signs” has not been dumbed down a whit.

Hans Schaden on December 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

Obama is the fraud. At least the fake sign interpretor cannot encourage and sign laws onto books that personally affect millions of people. Obama had no governance experience when he “applied” for the job of U.S. President. He, too, has been a complete failure, is nonsensical, and knows not what he is doing or saying.

Dina k. on December 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

I’m waiting for the moldy old: ” ‘EYYYY, It’s A BLACK THANG, You Wouldn’t Understand!!!!” -type-rationalization.

CharlesMartel on December 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

He was signing his hallucinations. LOL!

jake49 on December 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Having taught computers at N.T.I.D. some time ago and having to learn ASL, I knew immediately that this guy was a fake as soon as I saw him. It’s amazing that the security was so lax that this guy went on for hours pseudo-interpreting. Usually for a long array of speeches, interpreters are changed after so many minutes. What would you expect from the ignorants at NBC and ABC? They are still blaming this harsh early winter on man-made global warming.

NormCBS on December 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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