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Paul McCartney’s Sign Language Needs Some Work

Paul McCartney had the great idea to use sign language in his most recent music video. Unfortunately, some things might have gotten lost in translation.

According to Spinner, the black-and-white clip for “My Valentine” featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp translating the song’s lyrics into sign language makes a few embarrassing mistakes.

Throughout the video, Depp supposedly makes the gesture for “enemy” when he really should be making the motion for “valentine.” Even worse, when the two actors try to make the sign for “agreed” they’re really doing the motion for “tampon.” A spokesperson for the British Deaf Association confirmed this for the music news outlet, but also added that American and British sign language are different.

McCartney directed the video for “My Valentine,” which was based on an idea from his fashion designer daughter, Stella. The song is one of two original songs off of McCartney’s new album Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to as a kid.

Watch the video below to see Portman and Depp try their hands at sign language.

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local

  • RainbowRay

    So, everyone makes mistakes, big deal! I was learning sign language myself for a while and not a little bit Marlie Matlann (From “Children of a Lesser God Fame” and a great movie) has done sign language for “Sesame Street”. I think she would be wonderful for “RainbowRay” one day.


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