You may have forgotten about this man already, but in the days following Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last December, he was one of the most talked about men in the world. Thamsanqa Jantjie was hired as the service’s official sign language interpreter and went on to sign complete nonsense throughout the event, as world leaders and dignitaries stood together to honor the late Madiba.
At the time, Jantjie told ABC News the botched interpretation was a result of schizophrenic hallucinations. But many sign language interpreters and members of the Deaf Community remain skeptical as to what really happened that lead to the interpreter fiasco.
Five months later, Thamsanqa Jantjie is cashing in on his infamous Mandela moment, appearing in his first commercial for an app called LiveLens. He claims in the new ad to be a “real sign language interpreter,” but the statement is followed up with bizarre images of his head Photoshopped on a horse, a disco ball, and Jantjie himself dancing.
The National Association of the Deaf has already expressed “outrage and disappointment” with LiveLens for hiring what they state to be a “proven impostor.”
What do you think? Is the ad in poor taste?