An Indian television news anchor at a state-controlled station was fired for reading Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name as “Eleven Jinping” after she mistook his family name for Roman numerals Friday. The goof was unfortunate for Doordashan, which is trying to shake a reputation for poorly produced shows, according to Reuters. The mistake was also mocked on social media.
"It is an unpardonable mistake," a senior official at Doordarshan, the Indian television station, told Reuters. “We have debarred her from news reading for a few months.” The official said the news reader, whose name was not given, was employed on a “casual basis.”
Xi was in India to strengthen trade and economic times between the two countries, which have deteriorated amid a border dispute in the western Himalayas. Social media users had a laugh at the news anchor's expense Friday:
An Indian reporter, mistakenly, called Xi Jingping "Eleven Jingping" hahaha wow
â€” Shivam Manghnani (@shivamLM) September 19, 2014
I dunno. Eleven Jinping seems pretty thug life for a President. I'd have rolled with it #ElevenJinping
â€” Anita Kapoor (@AnitaKapoor) September 19, 2014
â€” Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) September 19, 2014
Xi Jinging = Eleven Jingping... Who would have thought that Roman numerals would lead to loss of job for someone...
â€” Kapilan B (@bkapilan) September 19, 2014
Xi Jingping = Eleven Jinping = Kicked out of your job as a news anchor,.....legendary stuff
â€” chayan pahari (@chayanpahari) September 19, 2014