Friday saw the start of the Chinese new year, with this being the year of the horse. Unfortunately, we have all had problems with predictive text but how much worse was it that the BBC News’ subtitle system logic didn’t cope with the phrase and instead declared this to be ‘year of the whores,’ much to 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.
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”.
Here is what actually happens in London on Chinese New Year, somewhat more mundane than the BBC’s version I’m afraid!