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Viral clip of Snoop Dogg’s sign language interpreter racks up 17 million views

The clip of the sign language interpreter whose enthusiastic stint at Snoop Dogg’s show went viral has racked up 17 million views online.
Holly Maniatty almost upstaged hip-hop star Snoop Dogg as she relayed his performance via sign language during his concert at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. A clip of the certified sign language interpreter was originally posted by The Good Life Radio Show on Facebook of Holly rocking out to Snoop’s performance of 50 Cent hit hit P.I.M.P.
It has now been watched 17 million times, and gone viral on social media. It’s not Maniatty’s first time at the rap rodeo; she was first caught on video at a 2013 Wu-Tang Clan show and has since worked numerous festivals and concerts with hip-hop stars including Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and Killer Mike.
In a 2013 radio interview she explained how she spends almost 50 to 80 hours studying the music, where the performer is from, where they grew up and even their political affiliations.
“In order to make the interpretations as authentic as possible so the deaf patron is getting as close to the same experience as the hearing people are getting, I’m using signs that are, you know, indigenous to where that person, you know, grew up, or where they’re from or where they’re living currently,” Maniatty told NPR’s All Songs Considered.
And her prep clearly pays off as she explained that after the Wu-Tang show, a deaf concertgoer came up to her and said: “I never really got why people like hip-hop so much and now I get it.”

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