'Key and Peele' Anger Translator Returns to Advocate for Refugees

Schtick Resurrected for a Good Cause

By Garett Sloane. Published on Nov 03, 2017

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The angry translator shtick is back, and this time Keegan-Michael Key is putting the character to use advocating for refugees.

The idea was a pop-culture hit when the character appeared in the "Key and Peele" sketch show on Comedy Central. Key played a translator who would channel the supposed anger of the coolheaded President Obama (played by Jordan Peele).

Key reprised the role for the International Rescue Committee, which released a video of the anger translator interpreting the words of David Miliband, president and CEO of the IRC--which launched the new campaign--and Britain's one-time secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth.

"The world is going to hell people," Key screams in the video. "Sixty-five million displaced people around the world. What the hell is going on. Now, come on somebody has to do something about this."

The IRC showed the new campaign at a New York City event on Thursday.

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Nov 03, 2017
International Rescue Committee

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