Phuc Dat faked dat
The man known on the web as Phuc Dat Bich revealed on Wednesday that his name is indeed a hoax.
The Australian man who claimed his name was ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ has admitted it was a hoax.
After outing himself in a rant on his Facebook page under his now infamous nom de plume, the man has spoken with Fairfax Media, saying now that he has been exposed he wants everyone to laugh with him.
The 23-year-old triggered an outpouring of support after he claimed Facebook had repeatedly shut down his page because the social media site believed his name was fake.
Phuc Dat Bich posted this image of his passport on his Facebook page. Photo: Facebook
“I realised it had been so exposed, I thought id leave it to make everyone else laugh will me. I’ve always been a positive person and being able to make people laugh, I found joy in [sic],” he said.
Fuelled by the seeming injustice, and undeniable novelty factor of a man with a name so easily mistaken for English profanity, the story was picked up by major local and international news agencies, including Fairfax Media.
But it turns out Facebook was right.
The name who claimed his name was ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ has come clean on Facebook. Photo: Facebook
The jokester, who claimed in his latest Facebook post that his name was ‘Joe Carr’, posted a long missive to his Facebook page on Wednesday congratulating himself of hood-winking the world media with the absurd name that he says started out as a joke between friends.
“It goes to show that an average joe like myself can con the the biggest news sources with ease,” he wrote.
The prankster told Fairfax Media his name was Tin Le, but asked to be referred to as ‘Mr T’.
The story was picked up by international news organisations Photo: BBC
In a statement to Fairfax Media, the man who has racked up more than 45,000 followers on Facebook said he wished to remain anonymous, fearing for his job security.
“It begun [sic] with me fooling Facebook, it then somehow shared across the pages”.
When asked for verification ‘Mr T’ said: “you’ll just have to have faith in what I say”.
The ruse began earlier this year when the man – identifying himself as an Australian with Vietnamese heritage – feigned outrage that the social media site had shut down his page, suggesting racism was behind the ignorant response to his ‘real’ name.
“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 posted to Facebook in January.
“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?” we wrote.
The post was accompanied by a picture purporting to be his passport that clearly displayed the fake name, which is now believed to have been Photoshopped.
He even thanked the thousands of Facebook users and news readers he’d fooled for their support.
“I’d like to mention that I am very grateful to those who have been supportive of certain names that populate in different cultures,” he posted to Facebook on Monday.
But two days later he pulled the plug on the elaborate hoax.
“Do you remember the story; The boy who cried wolf? Imagine that boy grew up into a mischievous man with 21st century technology at his finger tips [sic],” ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon.
“What started as a joke between friends, became a prank that made a fool out of the media and brought out the best in the people who reached out to me,”
The man lambasted Facebook for its account policy requiring users to register their real names and called on people with “culturally specific and spectacular names” to ignore those who may disparage them.
According to SBS, his post came hours after their reporters attempted to contact him. SBS’s Vietnamese program found his name highly unlikely considering ‘Bich’ was not a Vietnamese surname.
On his Facebook page ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ claims to be an employee of NAB.
A spokeswoman for NAB said the bank could not comment on employment matters.