Photo: Lost in Translation: Misquoted Tweet has Mexicans Angry with Boy George
On Tuesday, former Culture Club singer Boy George tweeted about Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto, but a terrible translation of the singer’s tweet has garnered him a lot of hate.
George’s tweet, which appears to have been taken down now, read:
Mexico has a hot new president and I hope he is good for the country.
Something was lost in translation, however, and that tweet was incorrectly translated and George was misquoted as saying, “So the Mexican president is a tyrant. Well, if that’s true Mexico needs good wishes.”
That is clearly very different from what he actually said, but the damage was done and George was bombarded with nasty hate-riddled tweets from a number of angry Mexicans.
George later said he would be “blocking anyone who annoys me by calling me ‘racist’ or mentioning ‘presidents!” It just so happened that most of those he blocked were Mexican, which led to accusations that he’s racist.
A rep for the English singer told TMZ George “has no political motivation or even knows anything about the candidates involved of their history it was simply a good luck to the whole country.”
Hey Mexico, you have twisted my words! I do not know the president to criticise him! I am very disappointed!— boygeorge (@BoyGeorge) December 3, 2012