The comedy that is the state of Massachusetts
The press conference given by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts concerning the snowstorm was like something out of a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch. The whole time he is speaking he has this overly animated woman next to him translating everything he says into sign language, and behind him an obese black woman who is constantly fanning herself throughout the whole thing. As if this were a black Baptist church meeting in Alabama in mid August. It’s hard to believe I am looking at a press conference taking place in a State so closely aligned with the Irish as well as WASP culture. My initial subject line read “The comedy that is the state of Massachusetts.” I should rephrase that to “The comedy that is the United States of America,” as this scene could now take place practically anywhere.
Paul K. writes:
I saw the new conference Karl described and agree it looked ridiculous. I can understand captions for the hearing-impaired—I often take advantage of those when watching a movie on DVD, as dialog is so often mumbled nowadays. But the signing is a clownish, politically correct charade. According to the Gallaudet Research Institute, about 2 to 4 of every 1,000 people in the United States are “functionally deaf.” Is it necessary to cater to them?February 10
Terry Morris writes:
It’s good to learn that I’m not alone in seeing such displays as ridiculous and comedic. But at least they have some entertainment value.Robert P. writes:
If Karl D. thought that was comedy, he should have seen the live broadcast of the funeral on Fox32 Chicago, February 9, 2013, for Hadiya Pendleton (15 year old black girl killed in Chicago nearly two weeks ago).LA writes:
There might be a place for deaf-signing on a corner of the screen in close-caption for those who need it. But to place this deaf-signer right next to the governer during his entire remarks has an iconic, symbolic function. It is saying that in liberal society, conspicuous accommodation to the disabled in particular, and to the god of equality in general, displaces normal authority and all normal things. Consistent liberalism allows no normal things to exist. They all must give way to equality, inclusion, non-discrimination. Which is another way of saying that liberals are ridiculous and comedic.A reader writes:
I have a DVD of a Pearl Jam concert and there is a deaf-signer on the side of the stage. I can’t even come up with a humorous comment for that, it just seems so over-the-top pointless.February 11
Karl D. writes:
Terry Morris said:Steve F. writes:
The heavy fan wielder is Andrea Cabral. Former Sheriff of Suffolk County and current Director of Safety (or some such nonsense). When Patrick runs for President in 2016 or moves on to DC as an Obama appointee (often rumored) she is likely to be the next Governor of MA. By the way, that was the presser in which they announced the vehicle travel ban. If caught a motorist was subject to 1 yr of prison and a $500 fine. Sad state of affairs.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 09, 2013 05:53 PM | Send