Boy George Forced To Block Many Mexican Twitter Followers After Comic Mistranslation
By Mack Rawden 2012-12-05 10:03:46
Boy George is a lot of things, but overly opinionated about Mexican politics is not one of them. In fact, he was just trying to be friendly earlier this week when he tweeted out a hopeful message to his Mexican fans to mark the beginning of new President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first term. Unfortunately, that rather bland, cheery message was mistranslated into something far darker by several newspapers south of the border, and the musician has been receiving a torrent of hateful messages ever since.
Here’s a look at Boy George’s original, rather innocuous tweet…
"Mexico has a hot new president and I hope he is good for the country!"
And here’s what that message was translated to by several Mexican outlets, as per TMZ…
"So the Mexican president is a tyrant. Well, if that's true Mexico needs good wishes."
I have no idea how a translation could have gone that poorly, but after playing it off at first with good humor, the singer was eventually forced to start blocking people in order to stem the angry tide. Within a few days, the comic mishap should blow over, and assumedly, Boy George will refrain from discussing Mexican politics for awhile.
Whoever translated the pop star’s message for the first time needs to seek a new profession. Welding. Baking cakes. Teaching math. Anything else. There are plenty of ways to make a living, but not everyone is cut out to work with languages.