Fans Are Legitimately Upset That Michael Phelps Didn’t Race A Real Shark
Michael Phelps’ much-anticipated race against a shark was never going to be against a real great white shark. It was against a computer-generated simulation of a shark.
The fake shark won, beating the the 23-time Olympic gold medalist by two seconds in Sunday’s Phelps vs. Shark on Discovery.
Advantage: shark pic.twitter.com/mwaPRGFhHH
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 24, 2017
But given an hour of buildup, studies and special wetsuits, fans actually hoped to see Phelps race a shark — a real shark — as he would against a human competitor.
That didn’t happen, and fans were not pleased.
Michael Phelps not racing a real shark is like being sold Kanye tickets and then watching a Kanye hologram perform
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) July 24, 2017
— DKT (@darleneturner53) July 24, 2017
Me pretending to be ok with Michael Phelps not racing a real shark pic.twitter.com/QnCF98NfBB
— Gabi Palamone (@Yo_Gabi_Gabi__) July 24, 2017
— Brittany (@KickinitwithB) July 24, 2017
So it turns out Michael Phelps is only racing a simulation of a shark. If he wins, next week he goes up against Mario Kart. #SharkWeek
— T.R. Morley (@TheRealMorley) July 24, 2017
Me after finding out that Phelps is racing a cgi shark instead of a real one pic.twitter.com/KGo0D1TN9u
— danny phantom (@teainmyeye) July 24, 2017
— Dana Caterina (@DanaCatM) July 24, 2017
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.
So Michael Phelps didn't actually even race a real shark. He raced a simulated one. One hour of life gone just like that.
— Jamie McCracken (@jamieamccracken) July 24, 2017
— maggie (@imschmags) July 24, 2017
That was an hour that some people will never get back.