Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The 'fake' Mandela memorial interpreter said it all

Slavoj Žižek nails it in this Guardian piece: Thamsanqa Jantjie, the man accused of using fake sign language at Nelson Mandela's memorial, exposed "the truth about the whole of the Mandela memorial ceremony. All the crocodile tears of the dignitaries were a self-congratulatory exercise, and Jangtjie translated them into what they effectively were: nonsense. What the world leaders were celebrating was the successful postponement of the true crisis which will explode when poor, black South Africans effectively become a collective political agent. They were the Absent One to whom Jantjie was signalling, and his message was: the dignitaries really don't care about you. Through his fake translation, Jantjie rendered palpable the fake of the entire ceremony."

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