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Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Featured FAKE Sign Language Interpreter?!

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Umm… What’s the sign for “national embarrassment?”

Don’t ask that guy, Thamsanqa Jantjie, who is being accused of gesticulating nonsense during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service earlier this week!

Being broadcasted out around the world, millions of TV viewers saw Jantjie make what appeared to be accurate interpretations. At least to those of us who aren’t hearing impaired.

However, deaf people watching were shocked and offended to see that Jantjie wasn’t signing anything at all, and was rather just making up movements with his hands!

Face, meet palm. That’s a gesture understood by everyone!

Once officials got word of this embarrassing blunder, an inquiry was made into just how Jantjie got the job for this event in the first place. A South African minister has admitted that a mistake was made in hiring Jantjie.

But today, Jantjie has come forward to tell everyone he is 100% qualified to sign, but was hallucinating during the service due to his struggle with schizophrenia!

What the WHAT?!?

Jantjie explained:

"There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry. It's the situation I found myself in.”

He continued, describing how he heard “loud noises” and “voices in his head” while up on stage signing during speeches by President Barack Obama and various other foreign dignitaries.

Despite his excuse, South Africa's leading deaf association denounced him as a fake on Wednesday and called his actions an insult to deaf people and Mandela himself.

It’s a shame that this had to happen at what was such a beautiful tribute to a man with such a beautiful spirit. We would hope Mr. Jantjie knows that he should step down as an interpreter from now on until he is healthy enough to continue.

But if there’s one lesson Madiba taught the world, it was forgiveness. This too, no matter how embarrassing, should be forgiven.

Ch-ch-check out the video below to see more of Jantjie’s at Mandela’s memorial service.

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12 comments to “Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Featured FAKE Sign Language Interpreter?!”

  1. annainparis says – reply to this


    Thanks god, I was afraid we would be stuck with Lea Michele' sories but this is the bes story of the week. Obama didn't steal he show after all (with miss Danish), a south african did! Madiba must be smiling!!!

  2. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Wow you're a few days late on this, piggy.

  3. fsdsssaa says – reply to this


    Do you ever post stories when they are new!? You are the most behind site on the web.

  4. Fancy Face says – reply to this


    Wow, welcome to the rest of this week Perez. Finally checked other gossip sites have we?

  5. 5

    People who are seeking their 15 mins of fame do anything these days … very sad !

  6. 6

    The man's a schizophrenic, he's an actual sign language interpreter, he was having a schizophrenic episode during the speech and it messed up his concentration.

  7. April Morrow says – reply to this


    Ummmm you DO know Mandela was a communist who killed people right? He wasn't just a humanitarian. Soooo tired of the one-sided comments about this man. People, if you aren't going to READ, go to youtube and watch some of this persons OTHER side.

  8. 8

    Re: April Morrow – Well if you get your information from youtube, it's obvious why you're ignorant. Mandela was a lawyer and social activist, who fought against apartheid. He was imprisoned for conspiracy to overthrow the government. He was not a communist, although that's not a crime, and he was never charged with murder. Just because you type it on your computer, doesn't make it true!

  9. SaxfithZit says – reply to this


    itsssssss affrica. Everything there is insane from the ground up. The south african whites tried to keep the insanity and violence away from them with a wall, but, such walls couldn't last long and was immoral.

  10. 10

    This is a whole new level of ghetto…how did they think they could get away with this?

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    Velly strange. Apparently now they can't find him.

  12. 12

    Too funny!