Moment heckler shouting 'f*** you' at Hawaii mayor has obscenity translated by sign language interpreter

April Roach
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A sign language interpreter translated a man shouting 'f*** you" at the Mayor of Honolulu: Mayor Kirk Caldwell
A sign language interpreter translated a man shouting 'f*** you" at the Mayor of Honolulu: Mayor Kirk Caldwell

This is the moment a sign language interpreter translated a heckler shouting "f*** you" at a Hawaii mayor during a coronavirus press briefing.

The heckling came as the Mayor of Honolulu Kirk Caldwell answered questions from the press about Covid-19 restrictions in the area.

As the mayor explained the importance of not mixing households during the pandemic, he was interrupted by the sound of a man shouting "f*** you in the distance.

A sign language interpreter, who stood two metres apart from Mr Caldwell, did not skip a beat as she broke from translating the mayor's responses to hold up her middle finger to the sky to show what the heckler had yelled.

"Someone with strong opinions about what we're doing," said Mr Caldwell as he pointed behind him in reference to the heckler.

He added that he had been recently experienced a lot of heckling when protesters against the lockdown came by his house.

"We allow that in our country," said Mr Caldwell. "Free speech is critical, and I understand how upset people are."

The sign language interpreter translated the passerby's comment (Mayor Kirk Caldwell)
The sign language interpreter translated the passerby's comment (Mayor Kirk Caldwell)

During the briefing, the mayor also announced that parks, beaches, and hiking trails would reopen for solo activities that include meditation, reading and jogging.

However, gatherings remain strictly banned.

Hawaii has recorded a total of 10,025 infections and 88 deaths since the Covid-19 outbreak.

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