This is just horrible!
A Southern California man was brutally beaten by Hawthorne police after they say he made threatening gestures at them.
Only he wasn’t making threatening gestures, he was trying to use sign language!
Jonathan Meister is deaf and had no idea why cops were approaching him outside of his ex-roommates' home. He had been retrieving some stuff he was storing at the house when neighbors called police because they thought Jonathan looked suspicious.
When officers arrived on the scene, they handcuffed Jonathan, thereby taking away his only means of communication! They then preceded to beat and shock him with a stun gun until Jonathan was rendered unconscious!
The man was then taken to the hospital where he was charged with assaulting police officers!
What the WHAT?! They charged the handcuffed deaf guy who got knocked out?!
Those charges have
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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
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Ha! When it comes to gorillas, we tend to think of furry tanks with unstoppable fists of fury!
Or them being all smart and learning sign language or petting a kitten or something.
This gorilla is a big wimp!
Two geese flew into his enclosure and all it takes is a couple of honks to scare him off.
He keeps approaching them again, and quickly runs away as soon as they spread their wings and stand up all threatening like!
It's pretty funny to see such a giant beast afraid of two tiny geese.
Check out the video (above) to see one scaredy gorilla check out some geese!
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Is Taylor Swift going to have to stop using her iconic heart hands?
Taylor has practically trademarked the lovely bit of sign language over the years, but Google decided to do her one better and patent it! For realz!
Google patented the "heart-hand gesture" for use with their new Google Glass technology, allowing people to use the sign to "like" things they see through the lenses.
Ch-ch-check out the pic (below) to see the legal evidence of the pilfered patent.
Thanks to Google, soon everyone with the fancy specs will be doing their own Swifty impressions.
Hmm… Maybe the occasionally foul-mouthed singer will be able to think of another hand gesture for them! LOLz!
Tags: gifs, google, google glass, hands, heart sign, legal matters, patent, sign language, stolen, taylor swift, tech talk
Marlee Matlin says SNL crossed the line!
The Oscar-winnning actress was screaming over the show's opening spoof New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sign language interpreter, Lydia Calas's VERY animated signing.
Marlee, who is deaf and is an outspoken member of the National Association of the Deaf, took to Twitter to express her disgust with the sketch, writing:
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