You had one job, BBC subtitlers. And we are so glad you decided to completely abandon it.
It can be tricky navigating all of West’s expletive laden lyrics and typing at the speed required to be a professional closed caption writer must be difficult, but whoever was in charge of writing the subtitles for Kanye West’s Glastonbury performance must have had a nervous breakdown because they gave up trying entirely.
You can almost see the progression of the subtitle writer spiraling into madness as the performance goes on.
At first there are a few small, perhaps honest, mistakes. One racially sensitive word is changed to “ligger,” but the lyrics otherwise makes sense. Then it goes into gibberish with “Just talked to Farrakhan, that’s sensei, ligga” which is almost sort of profound.
You can truly see the breaking of the subtitler’s fragile psyche when they, in a moment of despair, write “Something, something, something Oh God, when does this finish, Bev!?”
Finally the writer resigns themselves to the inexorable insanity and simply writes “HE RAPS.”
Smashing job, BBC. You did the best you could (besides maybe looking up the lyrics ahead of time).
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