Tuesday’s morning news in Denver got a little weird after a split-second faux pas had viewers -- and even the news anchors -- stupefied. During a segment on the Seattle helicopter crash, Denver’s Fox affiliate KDVR accidentally flashed a picture of a random penis across viewers’ TV screens.
The news team was using the social media website Twitter to show photos from today’s helicopter crash in Seattle, but a seemingly minor typo caused an embarrassing genital gaffe. The mistake wasn’t lost on the Twitter-sphere.
— Slade Sohmer (@SladeHV) March 18, 2014
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The unfortunate error seemed to occur because of a small typo by one Twitter user whose tweets are in Spanish. As the Hypervocal notes, the KDVR producer was searching the term “komo,” the name of a Seattle news station. A Twitter user whose handle is @Wolvesex misspelled the word “como” -- a Spanish word for “how” or “what” -- and voila! The source of the errant penis.
Here’s an NSFW Vine video of the penis flashing:
“See, this is why you don't just put the camera on some producer's Twitter feed while talking about a helicopter crash,” Deadspin writer Tom Ley quipped.
The station quickly issued a statement, saying they will officially apologize after they figure out how in the world a penis ended up on their screen during the live broadcast. "While reporting breaking news about the crash of the KOMO-TV helicopter in Seattle, Fox 31 Denver accidentally broadcast an offensive photo while scrolling live through a Twitter feed of pictures from the crash scene,” the statement read, according to the Denver Post. “The photo was mistakenly broadcast by our control room. It did not come from the tablet many viewers saw being used by one of our anchors. We apologize for the inadvertent broadcast of the image and we are taking immediate steps to prevent such an accident from happening again."