Kanye lyrics fail?: Kanye Subtitles Hilarious

Published: June 30, 2015

Kanye lyrics fail?: Kanye Subtitles Hilarious, Kanye West’s Glastonbury headline set was always going to be a nightmare for the BBC’s subtitles team, but no-one expected quite so much hilarity to ensue from the words running across our tellys.

The US rapper took to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night for a two-hour showcase of his biggest hits and a dubious cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

BBC bosses had been stressing about the gig after ITV was forced to mute much of Kanye’s Brits performance of “All Day” because of all the N-words.

But instead of censoring profanities, the broadcaster simply decided to issue a warning on-screen and alter lyrics in the subtitles instead, so that “motherf**ker” became “motherducker” and “n***er” became “ligger”.

The best moment came when the poor people responsible for deciphering Kanye’s words gave up and simply wrote “He raps”. Naturally this caused widespread hysteria on social media:

Feel you should be getting more from this Kanye set? Whack on subtitles – am personally going on a existential journey caused by the lyrics.

– Darryl Robertson (@DarrylR_) June 27, 2015
Someone in the BBC subtitles department has clearly had enough. #Kanye pic.twitter.com/f1xtCJ6pcl

– Tim Brannigan (@tim_brannigan) June 27, 2015
If you’re struggling to enjoy #Kanye, turn on the subtitles… whoever’s doing them appears to be having a total breakdown #Glasto2015

– Sal’s Kitchen (@Sal_Godfrey) June 27, 2015
These bitches just Cabinet handle me. #kanyesubtitles

– Lesley (@QueenSpinky) June 27, 2015
Don’t think that’s quite what he said #kanyesubtitles pic.twitter.com/qqqX7fhpBD

– Stuart Preston (@StuPreston) June 27, 2015
I can’t stop laughing. Genius Kanye West subtitling. “He raps. He breaths. He raps some more” https://t.co/ACo2i7tBKT

– Nicola Keaney (@NicKeaney) June 29, 2015
Oh, BBC2 and your subtitling. Bless. #glastonbury #kanye #bless #motherducker pic.twitter.com/GC6X0mSGqu

– Aeth (@aethre) June 27, 2015
No, BBC subtitles, I don’t think Kanye West is singing “shut the lock up” lol. #Glastonbury

– david white (@davidwhite020) June 27, 2015
Go home @BBC subtitles man, you’re drunk! #Kanye #Glasto2015 #liger pic.twitter.com/2XPutGBej6

– Damien Morley (@damienmorley) June 27, 2015
Putting on subtitles for Kanye’s performance is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen #Glasto2015

– Noah Hume (@Noah_humey) June 27, 2015
Kanye’s set divided viewers watching at home with some Twitter users outraged by his constant swearing at what is “meant to be a music festival”.


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