Political Correctness Affects British Sign Language

Not only is political correctness rife in the everyday and worklife in the UK (and amongst many other countries in the world) but it appears to have affected Britain’s deaf community. Certain signs used in British Sign Language, are now considered as ‘offensive’ and ‘culturally insensitive’. Examples of the ‘offensive’ include signing a slanted eye when talking about the Chinese and imitating the twirling of a moustache when referring to France.

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Shakespeare in Shona? The Bard goes Global!

As part of the World Shakespeare Festival which was launched on 23 April 2012 (the anniversary of the playwright’s birth), ‘Globe To Globe’ is staging Shakespeare’s 37 plays performed in 37 different languages. The performances are taking place at the Globe Theatre in London, a replica of Shakespeare’s original theatre.

Amongst the shows will be Macbeth performed in Polish, Troilus and Cressida in Maori, Hamlet in Lithuanian and The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Shona. Love’s Labour Lost will be performed in British sign language.

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Deaf Voters ‘Unheard’ By Politicians

An estimated 90,000 deaf people in the UK rely on British Sign Language (BSL) to communicate – but only one political party has ever used it in its election broadcasts.

Tessa Padden, a television presenter and BSL translator currently involved with the BSL:UPTAKE project at Heriot-Watt University,believes this leaves many deaf people excluded from the democratic process.

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