The world’s most celebrated Olympian got into a race against his fastest opponent in the water and invited sarcasm and wrath on Twitter. People seem to be absolutely pissed off with Michael Phelps who raced against a computer-simulated Great White shark.
The entire shoot was aired on Discovery Channel to initiate the annual Shark Week. In the open-water 100-meter race, the swimmer was just behind by two seconds. The race was filmed off Mossel Bay and televised on Sunday night.
Phelps completed the race in almost 38.1 seconds and the computer-simulated shark completed the distance in 36.1 seconds. ‘Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White’ depicted the entire telecast in a way as if Phelps competed against an actual shark. Viewers of the show took to Twitter to share their views and mocked the program.
i spent 60 minutes of my life watching a build up to michael phelps race a fake computer generated shark. i’m pissed
— spo (@spoyourboat) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps race against a computer generated shark will go down as one of TV’s most hyped flops. #gullibleTVviewers
— PhantomAcct (@phantomacct) July 24, 2017
I honestly feel so robbed that I just watched an hour of a stupid show to see Michael Phelps race a FAKE shark. #fakenews
— Hannah Bowen (@HannahGBowen) July 24, 2017
phelps racing a fake shark is like when ur teacher says there’s gonna be a sub but shows up the next day
— 🐝💨✨ (@reqnna) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps has been hyping up that he’s going to race a shark for months now. He did it tonight and it was a damn CGI shark #FakeNews
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My friend was genuinely upset when I told her Phelps’ shark was CGI lol
— emu (@emyrosa) July 24, 2017
Moreover, people termed it completely unacceptable and blamed Discovery for a complete breakdown
YOU SAID HE WOULD FACE A SHARK, NOT A CGI SHARK
— Cindy (@ESPNCindy) July 24, 2017
— Meg Conley (@MegDownSouth) July 24, 2017
Should’ve called it Michael Phelps vs a Computer Generated Simulation. Huge letdown @Discovery
— Jimmy Kozeny (@jkoz19) July 24, 2017
I was so disappointed when I found out that Phelps didn’t actually race against a great white 😂 #SharkWeek
— Danielle Rae (@dxnirxe) July 24, 2017