Swedish TV accidentally put subtitles from a kid’s cartoon show cartoon over a live political debate, and it was genius.
Watching the political debate on TV is not something that rates very well, generally for the very good reason that it can be a little snooze-worthy. While watching to politicians drone on and on will often bring on side effects of rage, boredom, and general apathy – it’s not often that it will make you laugh out loud. But this is exactly what happened recently on Swedish TV!
During the broadcast of a live political debate in Sweden, Imgur user ‘TheBlondeSwede’ spotted a hilarious mix up in the subtitles. Instead of reflecting what the pollies were saying, the subtitles instead came from a kids cartoon, and what followed was the most brilliant piece of political TV ever.
From the minister for the environment consulting with her dolls as to what boots she should put on that day……to the Education Minister, doing what many pollies have done in the past – making big promises - when he declares that he’ll “build the best sand castle in the galaxy”. But we do love the fact that the most visionary thinking comes from Sweden’s very own prime minister who seems keen to develop an underwater train system without rails. Now that’s an initiative that people should get on board with! According to Anna Zetterson, the head of the channel’s subtitle department, this wasn’t actually a broadcast issue, but rather a quirk of older televisions, she said on the channel’s Facebook page:
“On some older TVs can still choose the old Teletext page for the different channels’ subtitles, while checking on a different channel. So SVT, or any operator, didn’t send these out. But it is something you can amuse yourself with on an older television set.”
Whatever the reason, these captions may well have been the most uplifting political debate we’ve seen in a while, and this whole thing got us thinking – if Australian politics were subtitled with any kids TV show, which one should it be?