Wired.com describes the above video like this: “Francis Higgins was on the cusp of making an international name for himself as a sports commentator when the International Olympic Committee, which has no sense of humor, savagely crushed his dream.”
Yes, Francis Higgins was devastated. Just when he was when he was trying to make a name for himself, the greedy jerks at the IOC had to step in and ruin it for him.
Luckily, as Wired explains, the Internet is like an elephant and never forgets (remember that next time you want to post a photo of yourself in your Fruit of the Looms), so people dug up the video and challenged the IOC with the claim that Higgins’ video was actually satire, therefore protected under “Fair Use”.
Except, Francis Higgins doesn’t see the video as parody, and claims to be sorta hurt over it all. Wired quotes, “I was genuinely and earnestly trying my best to create an insightful piece of work,” Higgins said.
Turns out this is the case of double-parody as Francis Higgins doesn’t even exist.
The man behind the funniest sailing video—possibly the funniest Olympic video—you’ll ever see is, as Wired describes, “Chris Tordoff, an actor and screenwriter who lives in County Mayo. Higgins, also called Viper, is a character on the Irish mockumentary television program Hardy Bucks. The program tells the story of five hapless men trying to leave their rural backwater for Galway.”
Talented fellow, this Tardoff.
What do you think of the IOC’s proprietary control over the Olympics coverage? How about NBC not allowing bloggers to use embed codes to share the videos?
And finally, is this not the funniest sailing video ever?