Shark Week Misleads Viewers About ‘Phelps vs Shark.’
When Discovery Channel announced Michael Phelps would race a shark for Shark Week, we had some expectations. Obviously, everyone knew they wouldn’t throw Phelps into a tank with a shark and have him swim for his life. But it was almost unanimously assumed Michael and a shark would jump into a custom tank with a glass separator. And if not that, something cool that involved, I don’t know, AN ACTUAL SHARK.
The big “showdown” between man and shark was a total sham. Phelps “raced” a CGI shark for the show. It was a timed race in which they compared times between Phelps and a great white shark. Then they inserted a computer generated shark for visual effect.
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 24, 2017
People were not happy, understandably, as they felt misled by Discovery Channel.
Turns out “Michael Phelps races a shark” was really just “Michael Phelps swims alone and then compares his time to a shark’s time.”
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 24, 2017
— Breyanna Davis (@breyannachenal) July 24, 2017
— Ryan Homler (@RHomler) July 24, 2017
— Kayce Smith (@KayceSmith) July 24, 2017
— Meg Conley (@MegDownSouth) July 24, 2017
— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) July 24, 2017
I’m done with Shark Week. Really, I’ve been done with it for years. But now I have more people to hang out with.