The recent controversy over the South African fake ASL interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service spawned a 20-year ongoing controversy in the city of Seattle. According to the Deaf Review news website, the Seattle Men’s Chorus has been using its self-appointed “fake interpreter,” Kevin Gallagher for two decades now, much to the dismay of local deaf, hard of hearing, and citizens who know better.
To quote the website:
Less than 20 hours after Jantjie’s so-called schizophrenic episode, clear-eyed local deaf, hard of hearing, and Allied citizens in Seattle seized the opportunity to right an impunity that’s been playing on a far different stage: The Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC)’s refusal to replace its self-labeled interpreter Kevin Gallagher with a qualified, certified ASL interpreter.
As Washington’s largest and most influential choral organization, SMC is considered a local treasure. So why is it not heeding the growing dissatisfaction of deaf/HH patrons?
To read the full story, visit the Deaf Review article by clicking here.