October 13, 2018 2:30:12 pm
It was time for a Royal Wedding again, and this time viewers were hooked to their screens to see Britain’s Princess Eugenie walk down the aisle. As many tuned into BBC News to watch the coverage live, many were left baffled when the subtitles made a rather risque remark. Confusing the word “dress” for “breasts”, the text on the screen read, “What a beautiful breasts”. Naturally, it did not go unnoticed by the ever-vigilant Twitterati.
BBC News 24 broadcast footage of the princess walking into St George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle with her father Prince Andrew. And as the presenter was discussing her Peter Pilotto bridal gown as she ascended the stairs, the subtitles failed to reflect it correctly.
“What a beautiful breasts,” it read. “Absolutely fitting her.”
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) October 12, 2018
According to BBC, the goof-up was not a human error, but rather due to an automated subtitle malfunction. “Our live subtitling service produces accuracy levels in excess of 98% but, as with all broadcasters, there are instances – particularly during live broadcasts – when mistakes happen. On this occasion the voice recognition subtitling software made an error,” a BBC spokesperson was quoted as saying to HuffPost.
But, it clearly left Twitterati having a field day, cracking jokes and laughing at the mistake, while some thought there’s no coming back from it.
BBC Subtitles Department been on the Pinot early again… pic.twitter.com/UfSMOiyWxn
— Kenny Onions (@Kenny_Onions) October 12, 2018
That’s a very unfortunate mistake. https://t.co/B9jUgn34Px
— Darren Sweeney (@dwsweeney) October 12, 2018
i’ve been distracted like that from time to time. https://t.co/ZUKtS4IDf0
— The Mask of Polo (@IcarFaem) October 12, 2018
Loving the fact that BBC subtitles isn’t getting the words right and is calling Princess Eugenie “Princess EU Genie”
— 🎃 Simon 🎃 (@TheSimonC90) October 12, 2018
— Cat Brodeur (@CatBrodeur) October 12, 2018
Watching Royal Wedding with subtitles is such fun!! Words not quite right! Lol
— kim roberts (@littleun58) October 12, 2018
BBC Subtitles at it again… Is Boris writing the subtitles? pic.twitter.com/VDqeVYJuIP
— Matt Greenwood (@mattg1502) October 12, 2018
— Lottie Garton (@LottieGarton) October 12, 2018
— The Rooz GBN (@TheRoozG) October 12, 2018
— Mwes M Drew™ (@_mwes) October 12, 2018
— Cydney Yeates (@cydneyyeates) October 12, 2018
— Alison Carr (@AlisonDCarr) October 12, 2018
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE! https://t.co/0dmhkWeA4L
— Georgia Lewis (@georgialewis76) October 12, 2018
Love it. The BBC with all the hard hitting facts. https://t.co/PbQ9kklCDf
— Dan Rogers (@DanRoger5) October 12, 2018
UK tweet of the day. Because we love making fun of our Royals 😂 https://t.co/NWwNKvMUok
— 𝕾𝖆𝖗𝖆𝖍 (@SarahTweets) October 12, 2018
— Yetta (@GrumpyBess) October 12, 2018
Is this what we have to look forward to with A.I.?? Next thing you know our computers will be faking porn jokes and blaming us https://t.co/S1ZYJzVoYx
— OnTheBusPodcast (@OnTheBusCast) October 12, 2018
I’m dead… just dead. They legit typed out breasts instead of dress… HOW SWAY. You know they fired! https://t.co/qze18HsOAL
— The Silver Fox™ // #NEVERAGAIN (@grl_introverted) October 12, 2018
You had just ONE JOB! Lol https://t.co/stxfXW6QXA
— James George Johnson (@jamesmosaicman1) October 12, 2018
Who was presenting? Super Mario? https://t.co/pnNJc0epya
— Andy McConnachie (@AndyMcConnachie) October 12, 2018
Sometimes things just work out the way they should. https://t.co/zCsKuu0qoS
— Richard Epstein (@rhepstein1) October 12, 2018
this is incredible work https://t.co/VIUNGkMeym
— Sinéad Garvan (@SineadGarvan) October 12, 2018
😆 Not a royalist, not watching, but hope they’re very happy together. And yes, that’s a beautiful dress! https://t.co/zWqsElMe4O
— Victoria Lou Bayley (@ViggleB75) October 12, 2018
SYNCOPATICAPTION STRIKES AGAIN https://t.co/DrCa0XrxS0
— Rachel Rodriguez (@rayrod) October 12, 2018
It even got BBC’s other agencies trolling them!
Hey @BBCNews you got Borat doing the subtitles?
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) October 12, 2018
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