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June 21, 2013 / Posted by:

Holly, the ASL interpreter at Bonnaroo who killed it and stole the show during the Wu-Tang Clan’s set.

Even though Wu-Tang and R. Kelly were two of the headlines at Bonnaroo and all attention should’ve been on them, it was Holly who stole the spotlight with her perfect hand rapping skills. Just like Lydia Callas and the Boston ASL interpreter , Holly gave it her everything and I’m surprised her arm muscles didn’t explode from how much she was working them. After the clip of Holly signing for her life went viral, she talked to Noisey about being a performance interpreter. Holly and the other interpreters spend hours researching and rehearsing before their performance. Holly tries to match her performance to the performer onstage.

One thing that myself and the other girl in the video, Jenn Abbott, is that we do a lot of research. We watch a lot of videos on them performing live. We do a lot of research on where they came from and in the process of that, learning where they move on stage, and how they hold their body, how they hit a beat really hard, or a word of a song really hard, and how they annunciate their body. We do a lot of that and you know a lot of listening to the music and a lot of research where they came from.

So, if they’re from New York City, we try to use directional signs from specific areas where they are from, so it’s a genuine experience for them to have. There’s a bunch of different signs for ‘gang’ or ‘brother’ or ‘brotha,’ you know? It’s a lot about your body, the persona, and the gesticulation of the persona in your work. Like during “Bring Da Ruckus,” he was hunched over and internally bringing it in and that’s how I was signing. If you were looking at me, I should mimicking the same body posture as he does.

Some people wondered that since Wu-Tang uses the N-word in their lyrics, does she sign the N-Word? Holly said that whenever the N-word is used she just signs, “insert Paula Deen’s favorite word here.” No, she signs it.

There’s been some discussion about me signing the ‘N’ word, but that’s the word [Wu-Tang] uses and they have the rights to use it or not to use it. I wanted to make sure that the patrons can make their own political opinion, either being “okay, cool,” or be offended by it. To steal that opportunity from them is not the role of an interpreter. You know when you go to a concert and you’re like, who are these performers? And then you’re like, oh my god, they’re awesome! That’s the kind of experience you want [deaf people] to have.

And here’s Holly performing during R. Kelly’s show.

This has convinced me that there really should be a Grammy category for best performance by an ASL interpreter.

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