Monday, September 24, 2007

Sign of the Times - Olmert's comb-over onscreen

Signing for the deaf can make its own silent commentary. Take the woman above, who normally appears at the corner of the nightly news broadcast to translate for the hard of hearing. When she refers to the Israeli Prime Minister, she mouths his surname "Olmert" and adds a distinctive gesture. Is it mopping the brow in relief for stalling the second installment of the Winograd report and delaying total ignominy? Or perhaps mopping a sweaty brow after police launched yet another corruption probe? Nope. Look closer. This sign language is strictly about style: miming the combed-over strands that attempt to hide the increasingly bald Prime Ministerial pate. (Hat tip to Israelity and Shahar Golan for the video link.)

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