Last week, the new video for Paul McCartney‘s “My Valentine” was released, and everyone tripped over themselves to say how awesome Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman were for signing the lyrics. It was a veritable hipster orgasm all over a tweed jacket of smug satisfaction. Turns out nobody bothered to consult an actual deaf person because they both managed to sign the wrong words basically ruining the song for people who already couldn’t hear it to begin with. At least Hitler had the decency to eventually kill his victims. That’s all I’m saying. Via Spinner:
As deaf music fans have pointed out, Depp makes the motion for the word “enemy” while attempting “valentine” — a pretty big misstep considering the title of the song. “My Enemy,” anyone? As for Portman’s performance in the black-and-white clip, instead of the word “appear,” she actually signs the word “tampon.” Depp makes the same error. Pretty embarrassing, yes.
Amazingly, The British Deaf Association chastises the production for not using a deaf person only to turn around and give it an “‘A’ for effort” because apparently deaf people are kind of whiny anyway. “Yes, you completely ruined the song for the hearing impaired, but have you ever really talked to these people? Biiittchhhy.”