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How a joke about NBC and stupid Americans went viral on Twitter

by | 12th, August 2012

ON Twitter, the closing ceremony to the London 2012 Olympics was punctuated by Mic Wright  @brokenbottleboy tweeting:

NBC Commentator: “That is not actually Batman but a British folk hero known as Del Boy. Sort of like Robin Hood…”

It was a joke. But, apparently, many tweeters thought it was real. He adds:

My tweet about the NBC commentator and Del Boy was a joke. Speaks volumes that people thought it was a genuine quote.

And:

People, including BBC journalists, are now copying my joke tweet about NBC commentators as fact :S #closingceremony

The retweets were many but worse were the Twitter pundits passing off the quote as something they had heard first hand. Odd given that this is NBC where the show is always pre-recorded .

Those who find it easy to believe in dumb America include:

Ben Fogle ‏@Benfogle  –  NBC That   is   not   actually   Batman   but   a   British   folk   hero   known as   Del   Boy.   Sort   of   like   Robin  Hood” Oops My bad.  Not  enough cultural sharing
Laura Holmwood ‏@Lauraholmwood  –  Joy! RT NBC Commentator: That   is   not   actually   Batman   but   a British   folk   hero   known   as   Del   Boy.   Sort   of   like   Robin  Hood”
@theJeremyVine  NBC Commentator: That   is   not   actually   Batman but   a   British   folk   hero   known   as   Del   Boy.   Sort   of   like   Robin Hood”
Iain McIntyre ‏@Iain1970  –  NBC commentary strikes again! That is not

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