Surf Champion’s Harrowing Encounter With Shark Is Spoofed By KFC
Remember that absolutely terrifying video of Australian surf champion Mick Fanning fighting off a shark that attacked him while he was competing in a competition on live television? Well the good people over at Kentucky Fried Chicken in South Africa sure do, and they created an entire ad spoofing the near death experience.
Which begs the question; who knew that they had KFC in South Africa?
No but really, they released a commercial that features a Fanning lookalike riding a wave and swinging a computer-generated shark over his head. To make matters worse, the attack on the three-time champion occurred at the final of the J-Bay Open which was held in Jeffreys Bay on the eastern Cape of South Africa.
Fanning recounted that he broke away from the shark by punching and kicking it before eventually being rescued by a lifeguard on a jet ski. He incredibly escaped the incident without injury.
Fanning's mother Elizabeth Osborne, who was put through the brutal ordeal of having to watch the attack unfold on live television, told Fairfax Media that she felt the commercial was disrespectful.
"They've put a lookalike in the video. It really brings back a lot of trauma for everybody who has been attacked by a shark."
For those of you who are curious as to how traumatizing this could possibly be to Fanning and his family; click on the link above, and you can watch the ad as it aired in South Africa. You will see that is is no cheesy, cartoon shark. It's a very skillful computer-generated rendering of a great white shark being held up over the head of a man that looks uncannily like Fanning. If I were a family member of his that saw that commercial - with or without warning - I would be very disturbed.
Here's a screenshot if you don't feel like clicking over for the full ad:
Yeah, that's not cool. I'm all for society being a little less PC about things and seeing the humor in as much as we possibly can, but for some reason I can't get on board with this.
It would be one thing if this were just an isolated idea that they created on their own, but it isn't. They are capitalizing on an extremely dangerous and traumatic episode for Fanning and his family, and they are doing it without their blessing. It feels a little dirty to recreate - down to the doppelganger and exact competition logo - the the circumstances surrounding someone's very real brush with death or amputation.
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