Unless you have been on Mars, you will probably have heard about the unfortunately named ‘Phuc Dat Bich’. The Vietnamese-Australian was fighting to use his real name on Facebook and enlisted the help of millions worldwide to assist him in this.
Well, as with most amusing stories, it has turned out to be bullshit. This was announced on his Facebook page.
Pranksters and Tricksters
He wrote: “Facebook needs to understand that it is utterly impossible to legitimise a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters.
“What started as a joke between friends, became a prank that made a fool out of the media and brought out the best in the people who reached out to me.
“It didn’t bring out the anger and darkness that we often see on the internet, but it brought a levity and humanity in a time we need it most.
“Out of this ordeal I’ve concluded not to trust the credibility of the media, it’s twisted by the hungry journalists who mask the truth… It goes to show that an average Joe like myself can con the the biggest news sources with ease.”
However, ‘T’ (this is what he is calling himself after refusing to reveal is true name) is very happy that it proved how respectful of diversity millions of people are.
He wrote: “I’d like to mention that I am very grateful to those who have been supportive of certain names that populate in different cultures. We live in a diverse and multicultural society and the fact that there are people out there who are supportive and encouraging really makes me happy.
“I’ve never ranted nor wept that my post would get this sort of exposure.
“But I am glad and honoured to be able to make people happy by simply making them laugh at something that appears outrageous and ridiculous. Much tragic events have happened all over the world, out of it all only happiness can mend.
“As an individual I hope I have played a part in brightening your days! ” before singing off “PDB”.
In the original post, it has to be said ‘T’ sounded less happy.
In his initiall angry post, Mr Phuc wrote: “I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it.
“I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive.
“Is it because I’m Asian? Is it?
“Having my [Facebook account] shut down multiple times and forced to change my name to my ‘real’ name, so just to put it out there. My name.
“Yours sincerely, Phuc Dat Bich.”
I have to say, I’m not sure where I am on this one. Yes, trolling people is fun, but in the original message he has blatantly played the race card. Now I know we have an issue with inequality in this world, and it could be argued that when you make a joke about it, people are going to become more sceptical about real injustice.
Then again, I could just be being a humourless swine and I need to take things less seriously.
What do you think? Funny or pathetic? Let us know in the comments section below.
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