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December 12, 2013 - 8:52 am

It turns out that Thamsanqa Jantjie is more than just a fake signer who punked the entire world, standing next to American president who has also punked the entire world. He was having a schizophrenic episode right there on stage at the Mandela funeral.

Jimmy Kimmel had some fun with the whole bizarre episode. Last night he brought an actual sign language expert onto his show to translate Mr. Jantjie’s work.

Or, punk the country one more time. Either way, it’s hilarious.

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CNN took Mr. Jantjie’s fraud a little more seriously. Anchor Chris Cuomo brought on an expert to tell the audience how to spot a fake sign language interpreter. That information would have been a bit more useful to the committee who arranged Mandela’s funeral, before the fraud actually stood on stage.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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There's no such language as "South African." The four major languages spoken there are English, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.

Maybe he was thinking of Obama and the "Austrian" language?
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Given his conduct, empty gestures were a fair interpretation of the President speech.
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And Brian wins the internet!
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And their wheel chair access was probably a frickin' ladder and wheel chairs themselves folding chairs cemented to 4 sidewalk surfboards.

Low sodium food might be a soup broth made from a salt-lick for cows and food for diabetics a table of candy canes and Juicy Juice with the food buffet for the lactose-intolerant full of cheese and milk.

Their seeing eye dogs are probably straight from a kennel of rabid dogs rejected by their owners and braille for the blind bits of broken glass randomly set in sandpaper.

I heard they served white rhinoceros tongue and blue whale fin soup. What they did with the enormous carcasses is anybody's guess, but I wouldn't be surprised if Gerber's Baby Food South Africa was around.

The representatives for South Africa's Greenpeace movement danced with elephant tusks and PETA S.A. put on a fashion show of leopard and lion-skin leisure suits.

I can well imagine safe toys for toddlers are gaboon vipers and cans of lead paint they can play with in their barbed wire cribs.

Reality keeps giving political correctness the bum's rush and chumps with peanut allergies keep lining up for the peanut butter and peanut butter sandwiches. Can't wait for their recipe for mashed potatoes with broken light bulb gravy and to-the-death Special Olympics Games.
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I don't know sign language, but my guess is this guy has learned a few signs, whether he even knows what they mean or not, and Kimmel's interpreter was able to recognize a few as they flashed by.

Cuomo was asking questions that were unlikely and his interviewee did not know how to answer, whether there might be a *different* sign language that English speakers wouldn't recognize. Well sure, remember American Indian sign language?

But this was obviously wacko sign language, with even more wacko excuses given. But these days, hey, maybe Obambus will bring him home and make him Hillary's VP candidate in 2016, I mean, in Hildabeast's famous words, "What difference does it make now?"
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Cuomo got it right by bringing in a very experienced sign language interpreter to analyze the South African interpreter fiasco. On Kimmel, however, the guy they brought in clearly wasn't professional. Regardless of whether or not he had 5 years experience, a good interpreter would know what the guy in South African was signing was gibberish and wasn't even signing in American Sign Language for any qualified interpreter to understand. He played it as if he could understand the fake interpreter; unless it was all as part of Kimmel joke. Which might be the case. Kimmel plays everything for laughs and I love it. So maybe that's what happened here. But for sure, the South African guy was signing NOTHING that could be translated.
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Combine it with a good dose of "Unnecessary Censorship", and you'd have a show worth watching.
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There's no such language as "South African." The four major languages spoken there are English, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.

Maybe he was thinking of Obama and the "Austrian" language?
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Given his conduct, empty gestures were a fair interpretation of the President speech.
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Yep. Empty gestures for empty noise from an empty suit.
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