BBC's fake interviewee — an illegal immigrant from the Congo mistakenly plucked from the lobby and interviewed as an expert on British TV — may be deported.
Guy Goma became an overnight sensation after overstaying his tourist visa and several months of unemployment when he was mistaken by a BBC News 24 producer for Guy Kewney, who was supposed to be interviewed about a court case involving Apple Computer and the Beatles Apple Corps Ltd.
Goma — who coincidentally has a master's degree in business from the Congo — tried to blunder through the question and answer session, the Sunday Mail reported.
His cryptic responses in broken English left his identity and expertise in question. The interview session — which has been downloaded 1.6 million times off The Mail's Web site and aired countless times on television — has brought Goma worldwide acclaim.But it also brought the immigrant to the attention of British authorities who may deport him. That would be unfortunate because Goma recently applied for a technology position and wanted to capitalize on the publicity he'd received.
I'm not sure if this qualifies as a "Technology Thought," but it's much too funny to not mention!
It seems that two guys named Guy got confused. The real guy, Guy Kewney, is a white, bearded technology expert. But a second guy, Guy Goma, is a black taxi driver.
Guy Goma, the taxi driver, went to BBC studios to interview for a low-level IT job. While waiting for his job interview, a producer came to the lobby looking for Guy Kewney, the expert, who was supposed to be there for a TV interview.
Somehow the two got confused, and taxi-driver Guy went in thinking he was there to interview for a job, and the producer thinking he was there to interview on live TV! He walked in and was fitted with a microphone, the cameras started rolling, and it was only as he was introduced as a technology expert that he realized he was in the wrong place.
It is unclear why the technology expert Guy was not there, but he was at home watching the interview with "him" on British television, quite perplexed! Meantime, taxi-driver Guy (and IT job applicant) is attempting to answer questions fired at him about a recent lawsuit involving Apple computer.
BBC: Were you surprised by this verdict today?
Mr Goma: I am very surprised to see… this verdict to come on me because I was not expecting that. When I came they told me somehting else and I am coming. So a big surprise anyway.
BBC: A big surprise, yeah, yes.
Mr Goma: Exactly.