Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3577: Tape Face - America's Got Talent 2016 Auditions - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

The recent appearance of "Tape Face" on America's Got Talent Auditions won the audience's approval and then went viral. Much of the time, the mime had a particular facial expression which serves to illustrate some nonverbal caveats.

The Tape Face Mime's eyelids were opened extremely widely for much of the skit. When this "white and wide" eye appearance occurs for extended periods of time, we should think of the following primary causes:

1. Fear
2. Severe Anger (Rage)
3. Psychological Disorder

Why shouldn't the emotion of Surprise be included on this list?

Of course, this facial expression is being acted. The fact that his mouth is taped creates the impression of a crime-hostage situation. Thus even though we cannot see the mouth expression, the emotion of fear is strongly implied (His nostrils are also flared - but this here that doesn't help to differentiate the nonverbal diagnosis).

Another characteristic which increases the "Creepiness Quotient" - is the fact that his entire forehead has been treated with Botox (this is clearly demonstrated during 0:05 [below], when, as his eye brows elevate, his forehead moves quite minimally and uncharacteristically). This "dead forehead" helps to give the face (his or any other's) an eerie mask-like appearance - however it diminishes, and quite considerably, his ability to express himself as any verbal actor would, but particularly as a meme.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3576: Marco Rubio's Endorsement of Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2355:  Adam Lanza's College ID and the  Body Language of Eyes Chronically Wide Open

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3568: Hillary Clinton, (Low) Likability, Rapport (Destroying) and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3551: Donald Trump, Body Language and an Alpha-Beta Hybrid

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3538: Barack Obama, David Cameron, Number 10, Brexit and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3527: North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory Statement regarding His Order That "Clarifies" Controversial Gender Identity Bill

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3502: Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant Pranks a College Team as ‘The Transfer’ 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3473: Adele's Tongue and Ellen DeGeneres