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UPDATE: Deaf People Want to Give Mandela Memorial ‘Fake’ Sign Language Interpreter the Finger

Fake SignWho videobombs a funeral? And no, this isn’t a political joke; I’m talking about the guy standing next to the president throwing up the equivalent of gang signs.

According to the hearing-impaired communities everywhere on the planet, that dude may as well have been picking his nose on international television, because he knew about as much sign language as an 18-month-old baby putting its hands together to say “more.”

Wilma Newhoudt, the first deaf person elected to South Africa’s parliament and a vice president of the World Federation of the Deaf, said:

“Shame on this male so called interpreter on the stage,” she wrote on Twitter during the memorial service. “What is he signing? He knows that the deaf cannot vocally boo him off. Shame on him!”

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NYT Calls Nelson Mandela’s Death a Promo ‘Assist’ for New Biopic

shutterstock_162676481We’ll watch Idris Elba in pretty much anything; we even tolerated his weird Texan accent in the absolutely awful Prometheus. But the actor himself is not the primary reason millions will buy tickets to see the new Weinstein Company film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

A New York Times story published this weekend calls the civil rights icon’s death a coincidental “assist” for the biopic, which will undoubtedly attract even more interest from holiday filmgoers in the immediate wake of his passing. As reporter Brooks Barnes put it, “This time the PR came to [Harvey Weinstein].”

In fact, Barnes even went so far as to speculate on whether the producer’s initial interest in the script stemmed, at least in part, from Mandela’s failing health.

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Nelson Mandela’s Death Should Breathe New Life into PR


“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” ~Nelson Mandela (1918 — 2013)

He was a Nobel peace prize winner. He is the sole reason millions of oppressed South Africans live free from apartheid. He was the global emblem of human rights for decades. He was the former president of South Africa, and the liberator of a nation.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was known as “Madiba,” “Tata,” “Khulu,” “46664″ and a father figure to the world. And PR agencies can learn a thing or two from the enormous footsteps he left for us to follow…

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