Sum Ting Wong Here: Asiana Airlines to Sue TV Station for Getting Punked

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 at 6:47 am

Falling for a prank and calling a pilot Sum Ting Wong has apparently damaged the reputation of this airline. Having incompetent pilots flying jumbo jets? Just a misunderstanding. They should be laughed out of the business.

Asiana announced Monday that it will sue a San Francisco TV station that it said damaged the airline’s reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on a plane that crashed earlier this month in San Francisco.

An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air Friday and then apologized after a break. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned-out plane that had crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.

Video of the report has spread widely across the Internet since it was broadcast.

The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologized, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

Asiana has decided to sue KTVU-TV to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report” that disparaged Asians, Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said. She said the airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts.

If you somehow missed this story, here’s some background.

3 Responses to “Sum Ting Wong Here: Asiana Airlines to Sue TV Station for Getting Punked”

  1. tina on 16/16/13 at 12:46 am

    So racial insensitivity is excusable in the event of a prank? The competency of the pilots (or lack thereof) isn’t the issue here. It’s the fact that someone thought it would be funny to make fun of Asians on TV.
    If a news anchor called someone a “wetback” or a “spic” or a “nigger” and then called it a prank people would be all up in arms but “Bang Ding Ow” in relation to an incident where two people died and more than a hundred others were injured is apparently just fine because it was just a prank.
    Judging from a few of your blog posts, you seem to be pretty right wing conservative. I see a lot of “boo, hoo.. people are discriminatory against us poor white folks.” Stand up and take a look around. Just because you specifically aren’t rich and successful, doesn’t mean that you’re a minority and the system is working against you. It just means you’re incompetent.
    Don’t worry, white people are still in power so you can quit bitching.

  2. kevin on 16/16/13 at 6:35 am

    tina, it’s a shame that you make such an effort to sound intelligent and then end your comment with something so incredibly stupid. “White people” are not in power. What an idiotic statement. A select few people in this world are in power, and they are not all white. Did you forget who your president is, assuming you’re American? Oh yeah, he’s half white, so you may be on to something. Is Eric Holder half white too? Who controls the oil? White people? I can tell you this, as long as there are racist organizations like the United Negro College Fund and BET NAACP the race bullshit will continue to drag on. And yes they are racist. If you segregate your own race and exclude others, it’s racist. Unless you’re black, apparently. I would say African American, but that’s a bullshit term as well.