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(BlackBook Magazine)   Cecily Strong, the new SNL cast member who impersonated Bloomberg's ASL interpreter last night, was actually doing real American Sign Language during the skit   (blackbookmag.com) divider line 62
    More: Cool, American Sign Language, SNL, skits, Nasim Pedrad, Broadway show, cast member  
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2012-11-05 12:50:06 AM  
Well isn't that special.
 
2012-11-05 01:09:33 AM  
I took a year of sign language in college, and a lot of deaf people at the events we went to were expressive like this....of course most were not as good looking as Cecily Strong.
 
2012-11-05 02:42:17 AM  
Thought:

How many languages can you get up and falsely imitate and not be offensive?
 
2012-11-05 03:06:48 AM  

Dafatone: Thought:

How many languages can you get up and falsely imitate and not be offensive?


Did Operaman offend Italians?
 
2012-11-05 03:35:15 AM  

davidphogan: Dafatone: Thought:

How many languages can you get up and falsely imitate and not be offensive?

Did Operaman offend Italians?


I remember Operaman speaking "Italianish" English. Been a while, I could be wrong.

I guess I'm thinking, if you asked me to imitate Chinese, what would come out of my mouth would probably be pretty offensive to someone. Not saying SNL's sketch was wrong, or that offended parties were right. Just something to think about.

/Going with correct ASL with some funny signs mixed in is a whole lot better than just faking it, for sure.
 
2012-11-05 04:26:35 AM  

Snapper Carr: I don't know a lot about ASL but aren't the exaggerated expressions a pretty common feature - almost like the ASL equivalent of tone?


Yes, and when signing to a large audience, people tend to sign more...broadly? expressively? I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's the ASL version of someone raising their voice so that the farthest people can hear them. She's making sure the farthest away people in the room she's in can see what she's signing, but on camera it looks overly dramatic....Shatnerian, one could say.
 
2012-11-05 08:33:20 AM  

ambercat: Snapper Carr: I don't know a lot about ASL but aren't the exaggerated expressions a pretty common feature - almost like the ASL equivalent of tone?

Yes, and when signing to a large audience, people tend to sign more...broadly? expressively? I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's the ASL version of someone raising their voice so that the farthest people can hear them. She's making sure the farthest away people in the room she's in can see what she's signing, but on camera it looks overly dramatic....Shatnerian, one could say.


So you're saying she Shat herself?
 
2012-11-05 11:03:42 AM  
The ASL gag reminded me of this . (pops)
 
2012-11-05 11:59:14 AM  
Best ASL interpreter moment of my year was going to see a presentation that was preceded by a couple of jazz numbers. For the first song, the singer was doing nothing but scat singing. Watching the interpreter attempt to discern if there was anything to sign for the first minute or so was priceless.
 
2012-11-05 01:35:58 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: google "abortion in sign language"

go ahead, I'll wait


Dude, wow.
 
2012-11-05 01:40:37 PM  

NakedReporta: Britney Spear's Speculum: google "abortion in sign language"

go ahead, I'll wait

The video I just watched of it cuts off right after he "throws away" the fetus, but before he stomps on it three times.


The fourth variation, where he does the baby gesture, then grabs at his abdomen and then throws the fetus away... just wow...
 
2012-11-05 01:42:11 PM  

Dear Jerk: The real signer was ten times as charming as that pig on Green Acres.

On SNL, I thought it would have been cool if Bloomberg turned to her at the end of the skit and she signed "Live from New York. It's Saturday Night."


Well, she did sign it but they did it together.
 
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