A 23-year-old man in Melbourne, Australia, voiced his frustration with in January, claiming that it had repeatedly deleted his account. The site’s reasoning? Almost certainly the man’s legal name: Phuc Dat Bich.
If this dude wanted to go viral, he couldnt have picked a better way. After spending the better part of the year as a sleeper post, Bich’s rant suddenly exploded this week, even becoming a national Twitter trend in the United States.
Per the Daily Mail, the name is pronounced Phoop Dook Bic and is common in Vietnam, although when has a perfectly reasonable explanation for a non-Western name ever stopped Americans from laughing at it?
As much as some people enjoyed Bichs social media distress, others were quite supportive, telling him his name was cool, pro, and the best. Heres hoping he can wear it proudlyand maybe even become an ally in the fight against Facebooks controversial real name crackdown.
Why is Bichs post going viral now, months after it surfaced? Perhaps because Facebook’s recurring name problem reemerged as part of the broader hysteria over women (and book stores) named Isis. Earlier this week, San Francisco developer Isis Anchalee had her account unjustly suspended.Isises have been petitioning the mediafor monthsto abandon the acronym “ISIS” when referring to the jihadist group.
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