“Saturday Night Live” (SNL) wasted no time in tackling the comedy of errors that distracted from the public memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mandela died at the age of 95 on Dec. 5 and was laid to rest in his childhood home of Qunu, South Africa, on Dec. 15 after 10 public days of mourning.
South Africa’s deaf federation claimed that the sign language interpreter at Mandela‘s memorial service was a phony. Though mystery initially shrouded the incident, it was discovered that interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie suffered from Schizophrenia and was allegedly in the midst of a psychotic episode. Jantjie claims that he was hallucinating that angels were talking to him and was doing the best that he could.
In addition to that, there was Selfiegate. President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt snapped a selfie that caused the media to lose their collective mind.
Roberto Schmidt, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer who took the infamous selfie, said the fracas was much ado about nothing, but it still proved to be ripe SNL material.
Watch it below: