Bhutanese passport (meme)

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File:Bhutanese Passport.ogg
The audio recording that is taken from the Spoken Wikipedia YouTube channel[1]

The original spoken version of the Wikipedia article for the Bhutanese passport generated controversy on Wikipedia after it began circulating online, with a number of people interpreting the recording to be a racist joke on the article talk page, while others were amused by it.[2][3]

The audio file was deleted on Wikimedia Commons[4][5] after being replaced by another recording.[6][7] The original recording was later re-uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.


On 31 May 2013, Wikipedia user KuchenZimjah created an article titled Bhutanese passport on Wikipedia. On 10 June 2013, KuchenZimjah uploaded a recording of the article to Wikimedia Commons. On KuchenZimjah's Wikipedia user page, he says that he is a native Dzongkha speaker from Thimphu who learned English while studying in New Zealand.


On 24 September 2013, the recording was uploaded to YouTube as a video, receiving more than 700,000 views since its upload.[8]

The Bhutanese passport article was viewed 1,389,890 times in March 2015.[9] It was also the most viewed article of the week from 22 March 2015 to 28 March 2015, with 1,771,673 views.[10] However, the popularity was short-lived[citation needed], because the original recording was deleted soon after it went viral.

The recording has been mentioned by a few websites and media organizations[11] and was remixed in multiple songs on the Internet.[3]

Controversy on Wikipedia[edit]

The audio file has generated a lot of controversy on the Wikipedia talk page of the article, with many discussions on whether to delete the recording or to replace it. The page itself was once nominated to be deleted, although the discussion result was to keep the article.[12]

Although consensus has been reached after the discussions, a few users defended KuchenZimjah's audio recording, with some arguing that the recording cannot be considered racism because KuchenZimjah said he was a native of Bhutan.[7][13] The recording was ultimately replaced by a new recording uploaded by Wikimedia Commons user Macusercom.[6]

KuchenZimjah has also created other hoaxes on Wikipedia[7] and was ultimately blocked indefinitely, with his hoax articles deleted.


  1. "Spoken Wikipedia". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  2. Castillo, Arielle; DiPalma, Alexandra. "The best thing about Wikipedia is Spoken Wikipedia". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lileks, James (27 March 2015). "The trouble with "Bhutanese Passport."". Star Tribune. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. commons:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Bhutanese Passport-1.ogg
  5. "When 'Bhutanese passport' was deleted from Wiki after being subjected to trolls". The News Minute. March 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:Buthanese Passport.ogg
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Wens, Jar’edo (5 April 2015). "Bhutanese Passport – what does the hoax say?". Wikipediocracy. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  9. Wikipedia article traffic statistics
  10. Top 25 Report: Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (March 22 to 28, 2015)
  11. "The best thing about Wikipedia is Spoken Wikipedia". Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  12. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bhutanese passport
  13. Talk:Bhutanese passport

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