Does gallows humor, cultural ignorance, racism,
bad taste and media stupidity make you laugh?
TV station KTVU aired a television news report where they named the pilots of the Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco.
Asiana Flight 214 Pilot’s Names Released
The names were fake gag names, and were the supposed reactions the pilots had during the crash. If you say them out loud, you’ll hear the joke:
Sum Ting Wong
Wi Tu Lo
Ho Lee Fuk
Bang Ding Ow
We Too Low
Bang Ding Ow!
The TV station did not say where they got the names, but they apologized profusely once they figured out that they had been pranked.
They said they had cleared the names with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Later, the NTSB said that when the station called to confirm the names, a summer intern told the TV station that the names were real.
Sources have not verified the intern’s name as Stew Pidmeedya.
KTVU Reports Asiana Air Pilots Were "Sum Ting Wong" and "Ho Lee Fuk" Gawker>>
UPDATE: the station fired three producers over the incident. The owner of the station, Cox Communications, demanded that the video be removed from YouTube out of respect for Asian-Americans and because of copyright infringement. They did not mention the fact that it makes them look like idiots.
Producers Fired at TV Station for Airing Fake Asiana Pilot Names, Newsmax>>