It’s hard to believe, but not everyone is a fan of surfing dogs.
Over three dozen talented canines grabbed their surf boards for the 2nd Annual World Dog Surfing Competition in California on August 5. Thousands of spectators lined the beach to cheer on the four-legged surfers, but one man was less than enthused.
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Simon McCoy from BBC was the lucky news anchor chosen to report about the wave-riding dogs. Unable to hide is obvious contempt for the dog-loving festivities, the resulting report has since gone viral.
With an empty expression on his face and a monotone voice, McCoy starts by saying,
“Just bear in mind, it is August.”
After his inviting introduction, the news anchor goes on to read his script with as little enthusiasm as possible. He manages to convey the basics of the story between life-contemplating pauses, long sighs, and grimaces that make it look like he’s in serious physical pain.
he LOVES surfing dogs. pic.twitter.com/fcSstnqHbs
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) August 7, 2017
“This does not look like a walk in the park. Dog owners and their pets in California have hit the waves in the 2nd Annual World Dog Surfing Championships. Here are the pictures.”
The clip jumps to a video montage of the competition, but it isn’t hard to imagine McCoy further expressing his disdain during his brief respite from the camera. At the end of the montage, the camera goes back to McCoy, and he ends the report with a sarcastic,
“It’s a shame, we’re run out of pictures.”
His attitude picks up as he nears the end of his apparent torture and introduces the next set, but even his co-host Ben Rich can’t help but comment on the impressive show of sneering indifference. He laughs and says,
“They give you all the biggest stories, don’t they Simon?”
After airing on BBC, the news clip caught Twitter’s attention. People started comparing the news anchor’s report to a hostage situation and making jokes about the lackluster performance.
I came for the surfing dogs, stayed for the existential despair. https://t.co/0SegHzDvOT
— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) August 7, 2017
— Estella Joyce??♀️ (@LelJoyce) August 8, 2017
Others connected to McCoy’s plight of a news anchor in August, but the overall message is that the British man’s response was both hilarious and entertaining. He’s obviously not a dog person, but the surfing talent from Saturday’s competition doesn’t seem to mind. The viral video has introduced even more people to dog surfing, and regardless of what McCoy says, watching dogs on surfboards is always a good time.
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