As someone who has had a shit week to top all shit weeks, I found a little solidarity out there on the Internet today. I may have totaled my paid-off car and racked up a hefty new car payment three weeks before I hit the big 2-5. I may be in the process of moving to a new place, standing firm with my beliefs that packing, moving, and subsequently unpacking is literally the worst thing in the world. I may have received the cherry-on-top bullshit traffic ticket from a quota cop. But while all of that may suck, at least I’m not the guy in Australia who keeps getting his Facebook account taken down because of his very unfortunate name.
Yeah, sure, a lot of people abuse the Facebook name system. If I see one more “Kyle ‘KeepinShitReal’ Smith” out there, or dual account holders like “Haley’n’Max Anderson” to show me that Kyle can barely keep shit together and that Max handed over his sack to Haley some time on a warm June day, I’m reporting them for harassment.
But, Phuc Dat Bich, real person/Australian citizen, is pretty fed up with Zuckerberg and his crazy antics over there at Facebook, because they keep flagging his account due to his actual birth name. After having his account shut down multiple times, Bich took to his wall to air some grievances alongside a picture of his passport.
“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,” Bich wrote. “I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I’m Asian? Is it? Having my fb shut down multiple times and forced to change my name to my “real” name, so just to put it out there. My name. Yours sincerely, Phuc Dat Bich.”
Coming from Vietnamese heritage, Bich’s name is actually pronounced “Phoo Da Bic,” but the Zucks gives no phucs, and flags it as fake to his heart’s desire. Yeah, I went there.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has been in trouble for its name policies. Throughout the year, the LGBT community has expressed frustration after transgender individuals have been unable to change their names on the site as they transition. In December, Facebook will begin a new system, allowing users to register with their legal names along with the opportunity to submit evidence of their identity if their account is ever flagged.
So, like, only 10 more days, Bich.