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Children’s TV Presenter Accused of Obscenity in Sign Language
Mr Tumble, a presenter on the children's BBC programme Something Special has been greeting the viewers with controversial signing. The BBC claim that the misunderstanding was due to their use of Makaton sign language, as opposed to British sign language.
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Categories: Entertainment, Literature/Language, Miscellaneous
Posted by Boo on Tue Mar 27, 2007
So a sign-language gesture that means something nice in one language is an insult in another. And someone got mad. I don't know who is more pathetic here, the people who used the wrong sign language or the people who believe it has to be intentional. And I'm sure someone is going around now claiming that this comic was deliberately trying to insult everyone in the audience. Hey folks, sometimes a mistake is a mistake and nothing to blow up the world over.Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 10:36 PM
Yeah...that seems a little silly.Posted by Maegan in Tampa, FL - USA on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 12:37 AM
In BSL, many signs are exactly alike, but are distinguished from each other by facial expression and shape of the mouth. So if he'd really been using the obscenity, he'd have to be mouthing the offending word too - which he wasn't - so he wasn't being obscene at all, someone was just overreacting to something that looks a bit like a rude word. It's like overhearing someone saying 'fu' and assuming they were going to swear, instead of saying fumble or funny.Posted by Nona in London on Fri Mar 30, 2007 at 07:28 AM
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