DEAR ENCOUNTERS WITH REALITY:
Recently I was interpreting a training at a large company. During the break, the Deaf client left to use the restroom. Several of the employees were chatting and one guy started telling a really dirty joke. I was offended but I wondered if we as interpreters have a right to object in these situations?
EXPERIENCED INTERPRETER’S RESPONSE:
Even though you overheard this joke it doesn’t really involve you. Part of being an interpreter means hearing things that might make you angry or disgusted. You are there for your Deaf client and that should be your focus. Continue to be impartial, finish the job, and from then on use your discretion as to whether or not you want to interpret there again.