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Wednesday 16 April 2014

BBC blunder: Broadcaster welcomes in Chinese 'Year of the whores'

This weekend marks the start of the Chinese new year, with this being the year of the horse.

But BBC News' subtitle system got lost in translation, declaring this the year of the whores rather than year of the horse during its Chinese New Year coverage.

Its subtitle system didn’t understand a memo quite right, and instead declared this the ‘year of the whores,’ too much the embarrassment of the channel.

“Welcome to the year of the whores. People around the globe celebrate,” read the subtitles.

Noticing the blunder, a number of eagle eyed viewers were able to quickly grab a screenshot and post it on Twitter.

Chinese New Year 2014: Year of the Horse predictions

@tirnaog09 wrote: “Happy Chinese New Year, according to BBC Subtitles it should be an interesting one! :-)”

@Bobie_Bobzy added: “Happy New year of the #whores from the #BBC. Bullé!”

This isn’t the first time the BBC’s subtitles have had somewhat of a malfunction, the Archbishop of Canterbury has been referred to as the “Arch bitch of Canterbury”, while during coverage of the Queen Mother’s funeral there was a call for “a moment’s violence”.

 

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