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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 16
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2012-11-04 05:25:34 PM  
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(1) There are several people that have their own youtube channel solely on the grounds of their annoying, high-pitched voice. No, I'm not going to link them, because frankly the author's ignorance of their existence is to be lauded and encouraged. It's also a common feature of cartoon characters e.g. foamy the squirrel.

(2) There's absolutely nothing wrong with being entertained by someone doing asl bombastically, any more than there's anything wrong with finding, say, Obama's weird pauses entertaining.

(3) The person putting on their srs bzns face and saying that a funny skit can't be funny solely because it features an ASL joke is being way the hell more patronizing toward the deaf than the skit itself could possibly be.
2012-11-05 04:26:35 AM  
2 votes:

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.
2012-11-04 07:32:54 PM  
2 votes:

JohnAnnArbor: /There's a hard core of the deaf community that takes their victimhood and separation from society VERY seriously.


So the fark what? Every group has extremist sub groups who will cry foul no matter what.

/get to see a lot of plays and musicals free because a friend of mine interprets for various theatres and he is frequently comped tickets. No one I've met who is deaf sees themselves as a victim or "separated" from society
2012-11-04 05:17:53 PM  
2 votes:
Cecily strong is farking hot. 

www.nbc.com
2012-11-04 05:05:58 PM  
2 votes:
Hooray.
We put ASL up front and center but then made it the butt of the joke.....

"The only thing that I thought SNL got wrong was joking that Lydia Callis was bringing "pizzazz" to the press conferences. It may have been a funny opportunity to make jazz hands for the words "pizzazz," but again, it reinforces the idea that an ASL interpreter is there for entertainment."
2012-11-05 03:35:15 AM  
1 votes:

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 02:42:17 AM  
1 votes:
Thought:

How many languages can you get up and falsely imitate and not be offensive?
2012-11-04 10:44:26 PM  
1 votes:

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."

Funniest line from last night:
Doctor: You're dying. Do you have any last words?
Aussie lady: I don't know. Kangaroo, I guess.


That sketch went on far, far too long but that line cracked me up for some reason. (And McKinnon and Louis in the final sketch in the bar is some kind of disturbing, mad genius work.)
2012-11-04 06:43:10 PM  
1 votes:
Just an aside, living in a house with females, dogs and cats, I use CC for my TV and DVDs, so I can read, if not hear, what's going on with whatever I'm watching. It's interesting to see which commercials use CC and which don't.
2012-11-04 06:38:26 PM  
1 votes:
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?
2012-11-04 05:38:40 PM  
1 votes:

simplicimus: DamnYankees: That was a quite funny skit.

Yeah, it's almost like people who use ASL have a sense of humor, How dare they!


Some. Not others.

/There's a hard core of the deaf community that takes their victimhood and separation from society VERY seriously.
2012-11-04 05:31:40 PM  
1 votes:
google "abortion in sign language"

go ahead, I'll wait
2012-11-04 05:25:04 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: That was a quite funny skit.


It was godam funny kudos to both fake interpreters.
2012-11-04 05:12:01 PM  
1 votes:
Too bad they didn't get Callis herself.
2012-11-04 04:43:28 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: That was a quite funny skit.


Yeah, it's almost like people who use ASL have a sense of humor, How dare they!
2012-11-04 04:27:42 PM  
1 votes:
That was a quite funny skit.
 
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