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FOX affiliate closed-captioning names 'Zooey Deschanel' as Boston Marathon bombing suspect

FOX affiliate closed-captioning names 'Zooey Deschanel' as Boston Marathon bombing suspect

By Laurel Brown | April 19, 2013 10:22 PM ET

There haven't been many laughs available as police hunted for a man wanted for the Boston Marathon bombings of Monday, April 15. But thanks to a local FOX affiliate and some creative captioning, we did get one: A captioning accident led to the name "Zooey Deschanel" being substituted for "Dzhokar Tsarnaev."

A photo of the strange and rather amusing mix-up was posted on Twitter by user @peterogburn on Friday (April 19). Aired at 1:47pm local time, the closed-captioning that accompanied a news report on the manhunt for Tsarnaev made a laughable mistake. Next to a photo of the 19-year-old man, the following words appeared:

"He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel"

For the sake of basic human intelligence, we're going to assume that the person (or computer) writing the captions did not write the name of the "New Girl" star on purpose. The most likely situation instead seems to be a simple case of auto-correct failure. The suspect's unusual and hard-to-spell name could easily have fallen prey to that well-meaning but oft-incorrect computer function.

Deschanel herself proved to be a good sport about the whole thing, retweeting the photo to her own followers with only the comment, "Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!"

Whatever the case, the error meant that we all got a bit of a laugh at a time when it was sorely needed.

by Anonymousreply 904/20/2013

Worse case of auto-correct EVER.

by Anonymousreply 104/19/2013

Well, HAS anyone asked her where she was on Monday?

by Anonymousreply 204/19/2013

FOX will do anything to plug their shows.

by Anonymousreply 304/19/2013

Get her!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 404/19/2013

I, for one, will be thrilled when Zooey's reign of terror is over. Adorkable? Try a-deadly!

by Anonymousreply 504/19/2013

My girlfriend is a closed captioner, so I'm aware of some pretty funny captioning fails; however, this is by far the best one I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 604/19/2013

Zooey always sound like a Chechnyan name to me!

by Anonymousreply 704/19/2013

She bangs.

by Anonymousreply 804/20/2013

I knew all that cuteness was hiding a black heart...

by Anonymousreply 904/20/2013
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