Snl Skit Mocks Fake Mandela Funeral Interpreter

By Justin Salhani | Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:01 AM | 0 comments 0 Dec. 16 (UPI) –President Obama ‘s selfie and an incident involving a fake sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela ‘s funeral were satirized over the weekend in Saturday Night Live’s weekly program. Kenan Thompson played the role of the interpreter making comical gestures as the faux President Obama spoke about healthcare . First, I got roped into taking a selfie with the blonde female Danish prime minister, the actor playing Obama said. Some people said Michelle was angry at me for that. But, I talked to her afterwards and I can assure you, she was furious. Later in the skit, an actress posing as Angela Merkel appears to tell Obama, I feel like you kind of owe me after the whole wire-tapping mein cell phone thing. The two then proceed to take a selfie together. Obama drew criticism for taking a selfie photo at Mandela’s funeral with British and Danish prime ministers. First Lady Michelle Obama’s facial expression appears unamused in an AFP photo taken of the three leaders posing for the selfie. The sign-language interpreter at Mandela‘s funeral was later revealed as a fraud. The man claims he suffers from some form of schizophrenia.
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Gayle King on Mandela funeral: “A time to mourn, to reflect”

Gayle King was among those invited by the Mandela family, and along with close family friend, Jerry Inzerillo, talks about the service.
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Mandela buried in rolling hills of South Africa

Photos: Mandela makes final journey home gallery

He became president in the first all-race elections in 1994 and served one five-year term. At the funeral ceremony, Mandela’s portrait looked over the assembly from behind a bank of 95 candles representing each year of his life. His casket, transported to the tent on a gun carriage and draped in the national flag, rested on a carpet of cow skins. Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, and his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, were dressed in black Xhosa head wraps and dresses. Guests included veterans of the military wing of the ANC, as well as U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard and other foreign envoys. Britain’s Prince Charles, Monaco’s Prince Albert II, Oprah Winfrey , billionaire businessman Richard Branson and former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai also were there. At one spot overlooking Mandela’s compound, several hundred people gathered to watch the televised ceremony. A group of Zulu traditional dancers with spears and shields gathered nearby to pay their last respects to Mandela. “He’s a first class guy in the world,” dancer Musa Ngunbane said. Ahmed Kathrada, an anti-apartheid activist who was jailed on Robben Island with Mandela, remembered his old friend’s “abundant reserves” of love, patience and tolerance. He said it was painful when he saw Mandela for the last time, months ago in his hospital bed. “He tightly held my hand, it was profoundly heartbreaking,” Kathrada said, his voice breaking at times. “How I wish I never had to confront what I saw.
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