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Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp in sign language gaffe

Beth Squires
Yahoo UK Movies News
18 April 2012

Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp have made sign language gaffes in Sir Paul McCartney’s new music video.

In the black and white video for ‘My Valentine’, also directed by McCartney, the actress, makes the sign for the word ‘tampon’ instead of the word ‘appear’ as intended.

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Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, who also appears in the video, signs ‘enemy’ instead of ‘valentine’.

The blunders were picked up by deaf viewers, who believe that confusion between American and British sign languages could be behind the gaffes.

Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp in sign language gaffe

A rep for the British Deaf Association told The Sun: “The sign for tampon does seem to come up from both Johnny and Natalie, which causes some confusion, especially as American and British sign languages are different.

He added: “It’s great that famous people such as Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman are highlighting the use of sign language. Their use of it is more a poetic expression.

“It would have been nice if genuine deaf people had been used. But it’s still great.”

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