Suria channel apologizes for cocking-up baking show’s subtitles

At left, the show’s promotional poster, the unfortunate subtitle of the scene at right. Images: Mediacorp Suria/Facebook, Bobby Bob/Facebook
At left, the show’s promotional poster, the unfortunate subtitle of the scene at right. Images: Mediacorp Suria/Facebook, Bobby Bob/Facebook

The Malay-language Suria channel apologized today for a subtitling gaffe that transformed the final episode of a baking contest series into a very intimate exchange, to the internet’s great delight.

A single typo that appeared during last night’s Kek Champion finale changed a judge’s critique that one contestant’s four-tiered buttercream “cake is very soft” into much more personal feedback that his “cock is very soft.” After images spreading online left a wake of LOLs across social media, the station felt the need to issue a mea culpa.

“We are sorry for a subtitling error last night in the final episode. For those who have reached out to us, thank you and we hear you,” it read. “The subtitling error has been rectified in the episode.”

When audiences tuned in last night to see which baker would triumph, anyone following the English subtitles would have thought they were watching another show.

“I can feel the texture,” it translated the female judge telling the male contestant. “Your cock very soft.”

It may have passed unremarked were it not later called out online by Facebooker Bobby Bob.

“@mediacorp_suria you can do better than this ya! Cake or cock!” he said. 

The roughly hour-long episode featured four contestants who had three hours to bake a four-tier cake. The judges, Fadzley Yaakob and Chef Zan, would critique them based on taste, texture, and appearance. 

It was the final episode of the show’s season. 

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