October 6, 2022

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Tim Dillon Trolls Olympic Media Coverage

Comedian Tim Dillon has successfully thrown blind social media consumers, and attention seeking journalists in a tailspin.  Tim Dillon is known for his twisted takes on just about anything, and he hasn’t held back on the Olympics. 

After the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics a viral video surfaced claiming that an NBC reporter was caught on a hot mic.  In the video, as the opening ceremony plays a voice can be heard saying, “60% of the people in this stadium will be dead in 10 days.  They’re thinking of using the swimming pool as a mass grave.”

The video in question

Brain-dead twitter users immediately jumped on this video, claiming that the supposed announcer in hot water has since been fired.  The attention to the video immediately attracted over-bearing media outlets running ‘fact-checks’ on the video. 

Nice.

How no one realized that not only did Dillon make the video, but also that it was entirely a joke is baffling.  You could put quite literally anything on social media these days and people will have already made info-graphs about it and have organized a benefit for it.  Clearly the joke was in reference to how the Olympics are taking place during the pandemic.  Nonetheless, it is concerning that hundreds of thousands of people could believe that an NBC employee would earnestly say on live television that most of the people in the stadium would die and be buried in the swimming pool.

How no one realized that not only did Dillon make the video, but also that it was entirely a joke is baffling.  You could put quite literally anything on social media these days and people will have already made info-graphs about it and have organized a benefit for it.  Clearly the joke was in reference to how the Olympics are taking place during the pandemic.  Nonetheless, it is concerning that hundreds of thousands of people could believe that an NBC employee would earnestly say on live television that most of the people in the stadium would die and be buried in the swimming pool.

This generation’s conscious social media consumers

I don’t blame pre-adolescent social media users on the sudden attention to the video.  The real perpetrators are credible news sources like USA Today and Reuters to LEGITAMETLY do a fact check on the video.  Why don’t you start by looking at who posted the video?  It makes one wonder if the employees of these news sources are just scouring the Internet looking for shit to write about, like me.

All else aside, the video is fucking hilarious, and the fact that it roused all the right people makes it even better.  This also begs the question, how fake does fake news have to be before we can just leave it up to a rational consumer?  Would people seriously believe me if I posted a video claiming that Lizzo would be the new face of the $20 bill?  Perhaps.  All I can hope for is that Tim keeps making these videos until people start to look at themselves and ask, what am I doing?  Who in god’s name is out there that saw this video and decided to make a fuss about it on Twitter, please let me know.            

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