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‘Alan Shearer provides expert anal’ – and other epic subtitle fails

by | 1st, July 2013

When subtitlers go bad

At the conclusion of the Confederations Cup, British television audiences will be left with a host of magical memories featuring skill, technique, determination and sheer endurance. Is there no limit to Alan Shearer’s talents? It seems not…

subtitle fails


For sheer audacity from the national broadcaster, this ranks alongside the BBC’s announcement following the death of the Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions: ‘We’ll now have a moment’s violence for the Queen Mother.’

Of course, it’s easy to laugh when subtitlers get it wrong. But that’s no reason not to do it – so here are some of our favourites…


Her Majesty gets all Shearer on Wales’s ass…

subtitle fail queen
It would be wildly untrue to say that Piers Morgan is rarely wrong. But even a broken clock is right twice a day, and Piers called this one right in a chat with Katie Price…

subtitle error


Gratuitous and possibly dangerous…



Well, they are The Avengers

subtitle fails


Cheeky. OK, if you insist…

subtitle toast





With subtitles, u get what u pay 4…

lord of the rings fail


So that’ll be fish then. And don’t play with your food….



Bit of a bombshell for My Little Pony

my little pony fail


But small beer compared to this…

subtitle fails


One thing about the news. At least it’s not biased.

boris johnson fail


Or gratuitously rude.







Oh well, at least there won’t be any nasty surprises in the weather.

subtitle fails weather


And on the subject of the sun, a bit of satire…



And speaking of satire, this is probably funnier than whatever it was supposed to be translating…

frankie boyle fail


As is this…


Ha, properly owned there. Or should we say boned…

subtitle fail


And there we have it – a glimpse into the murky mind of the subtitler. Terrifying…



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