The Australian man who claimed that his real name was Phuc Dat Bich has revealed that the whole fiasco was completely untrue. He fooled media outlets world wide (!) and even had the BBC call in an expert to explain how to pronounce the name correctly.
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A picture of his – apparently fake – passport went viral last week after he took to Facebook to complain that the social media giant had suspended his account several times, believing it to be a joke. Well Facebook have got the last laugh now haven’t they? In the status, Mr Bich said:
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.
He took to his account again today to reveal that the whole thing was actually a fabrication, seeming to suggest it was some kind of protest at Facebook forcing people to use their real names on their accounts as well as a swipe at the incompetence of the mass-media:
I’ve never believed it’s necessary for it to be mandatory to have your entire name to be published on social media.
People should be free to use any name they desire.
Facebook needs to understand that it is utterly impossible to legitimise a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters.
I agree with him in that everyone should be able to use whatever name they please on social media and honestly, I think it’s really lovely he’s standing up for what he believes in, but did he really have to make us all look like knobs in the process?
Read his full explanation in the post below:
Obviously Joe Carr (Joker) isn’t his real name. When he was asked, he claimed that his name is actually Tin Le, but refused to prove it. However, one of his Facebook friends has confirmed that Tin Le is in fact Joe Carr’s real name even though his passport says Phuc Dat Bich.
Personally, I reckon this whole thing is a massive double bluff and his name is still Phuc Dat Bich. That would certainly make me feel a lot less foolish, so I’m going to run with it.
For more fake names, check out this ridiculous list of actors’ aliases.