As a tribute to the discount bus line Fung Wah, the New Yorker published a hilarious little parody video set to Bob Dylan's "Farewell Angelina." Fung Wah had its service license revoked earlier this month after failing to cooperate with federal safety investigators.
The parody video, which was written and performed by Marc Philippe Eskanzi, is aptly titled “Farewell, Fung Wah” and reminisces on some of the best – and worst – stereotypes of the bus line. Like this gem:
“And the Freshmen from Harvard and Tufts and BC
Wave farewell to the Fung Wah
Where long distance lovers cried
Tears in polyester seats.”
But such nostalgia began weeks before this video's creation. In the immediate wake of the Fung Wah shut down, one-time passengers of the beleaguered bus line set to Twitter to similarly reminisce on "the Fung Wah experience" using the hashtag #TheLastTimeITookFungWah. Some of those tweets echo lyrics in the parody video.
#TheLastTimeITookFungWah the driver didn't have toll for the RFK bridge and we all had to pass up change. He also took down a street sign.
— Robert Balkovich (@robertbalkovich) February 26, 2013
#TheLastTimeITookFungWah They drove with the emergency roof exits open the entire time. In pouring rain. I opened my umbrella over my seat.
— Tamago (@angrypenguins12) February 26, 2013
#TheLastTimeITookFungWah one of the tires flew off but it took the driver over a mile and 20 people yelling to notice and pull over
— Colleen Goodhue (@colleengoodhue) February 26, 2013
It's almost hard to believe, but the examples of Fung Wah's woes given in the parody video actually seem a little tame compared to the real experiences people shared on Twitter. Check out the video and the hashtag, and let us know what you think.
This program aired on March 13, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.