Hallucinating Schizophrenic Allowed on Stage at Mandela Memorial

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:14 am
Barack Obama

A hallucinating schizophrenic at the Mandela memorial? Does everything have to be about Obama? But seriously, the Secret Service ought to be a little perturbed that a psychotic like this got so close to Obama. Who knows, maybe Obama felt a kinship with him.

The man accused of faking sign-language while standing alongside world leaders like President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he saw “angels” at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.

Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year.

Jantjie, who stood gesticulating 3 feet from Obama and others who spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony that was broadcast around the world, insisted that he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders.

But he also apologized for his performance that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish.

Curiously Joe Biden said the guy’s signing made complete sense to him.

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5 Responses to “Hallucinating Schizophrenic Allowed on Stage at Mandela Memorial”

  1. Poohbah, Lord High Everything Else on 12/12/13 at 9:50 am

    I knew he was fake when he signed “2 Legit 2 Quit.” :o)

  2. jb on 12/12/13 at 10:18 am

    a hallucinating schizo standing next to a bipolar disordered male who wrote Hallucinations of a Composite.

    One would have hoped for a better outcome.

  3. looking closely on 12/12/13 at 10:52 am

    Apparently the fake singner has not only done this before, but he was gainfully employed by a company that rented out signers for events like this.

    While he may. . or may not. . .be legitimately schitzophrenic, he’s almost certainly a liar, and the story about mental illness neither explains nor excuses his actions.

  4. Bruce on 12/12/13 at 11:09 am

    Remind me again … which was the bigger fake on the podium? Obama or the sign guy?

    As far as I can see, the sign guy has not actually killed anyone or destroyed an economy.

  5. b goldman on 12/12/13 at 11:35 am

    What’s the big deal about a hallucinating schizophrenic on the stage at the Mandela funeral? Since 2009 we’ve allowed one in the White House.