Oh boy. Paul McCartney probably meant well when he directed the videos for “My Valentine” off his new solo effort Kisses On The Bottom, despite the fact that the questionable album title has provoked snickers and sideways grins from the beginning. Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman even starred in the polished and minimal black-and-white affair, signing and lip-syncing all the lyrics to the song. But McCartney and company ran into a bit of a problem with the British deaf community after the video was released, as it was soon realized that the two non-native signer celebrities weren’t exactly communicating what was intended.
Wanna see Natalie Portman sign the word for “tampon”? Come on down, you’re in the right place.
Yes, really. According to the British Deaf Association (which goes by British Sign Language), Portman and Depp both signed the word for “tampon” in place of the word “appear.” To make matters worse, Johnny Depp screwed up “valentine,” signing “enemy” instead.
“It would have been nice if genuine deaf people had been used,” a spokesperson for the British Deaf Association told UK paper The Sun. “But it’s still great.”
The BDA was even nice enough to chalk up the flubs to “more a poetic expression.” It’s true. If anyone’s going to express tampons poetically, it might as well be Natalie Portman. Watch the video below.
[via The Sun,