You were probably distracted with other news last week, but apparently a TV captioning service managed to misidentify one of the Boston bombing suspects during a Texas broadcast on Friday. I don't mean they misspelled the guy's name a little bit, either, although with a name like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev it wouldn't have been all that surprising if they got a letter or two mixed up. I mean this is the exact text that appeared onscreen while the station reported the April 19 manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings: "He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel."
As Deschanel herself said on Twitter, "Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!"
Yeah, that was a pretty egregious blunder, although it sure made for an amusing viral screenshot. Behold, the dread bombing suspect in all his quirky, Katy-Perry-resembling, blunt-bangs glory:
The text appeared adjacent to a photo of 19-year-old college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and the news anchor for Dallas-Fort Worth's Fox 4 correctly ID'd the suspect, so it was really just a bizarre captioning mistake. Caption Solutions, which is the Kansas-based company behind the typo, has apologized to Deschanel, saying they "deeply" regret printing her name and “sincerely apologize for this error.”
I've gotta say, it's hard to imagine exactly how this happened. Does it have anything to do with the fact that Fox is also the network behind Deschanel's show, New Girl? Did someone typing furiously into a captioning box accidentally push a giant button that says "THAT GIRLISHLY CUTE KOOKY INDIE CHICK WITH THE DOE-LIKE BLUE EYES WHO PLAYS UKULELE BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE DOES" instead of inputting the bombing suspect's name?
Well, whatever the cause, all's well that ends well with this tragic case of misidentification. The real suspect is in custody, and Zooey's free to keep on doing her (adorkable, idiosyncratic) thing.
Did you hear about this crazy closed captioning goof?
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