Saturday, December 6, 2014

Born Under a Bad Sign

Thamsanqa Jantjie
the fake sign language interpreter

who premiered his performance art
to a less-than-appreciative crowd
at Nelson Mandela's memorial service

is now looking
for acting work
but is having trouble finding gigs

due to the negative publicity
surrounding the incident.

Jantjie has put out a showreel
in which he pledges

to "make up to the whole world"
for his shenanigans.

If movie or TV studios
will not grant this man a position

in which making stuff up
is part of the job

who will?

Certainly no one
in American politics.

(They're still too upset
that they got lied to.)

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.