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LOL: NBC Mistakes ‘Social Network’ Star for Mark Zuckerberg
The Olympics might be over, but the list of NBC fails continues to grow ? this time with the most LOL-inducing snafu to date.
The Olympics might be over, but the list of NBC fails continues to grow — this time with the most LOL-inducing snafu to date.
During its coverage of Sunday’s USA vs. Spain gold medal men’s basketball game, NBC cameras found their way to a curly-haired man sitting in the audience who looked a lot like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
“I know I’m gonna put that picture on Facebook,” said commentator Bob Fitzgerald, according to a video posted on the blog Deadspin. “We’ve got every executive of note, it seems, worldwide, attending these games.”
The only problem? Zuckerberg wasn’t in the audience. It was actually actor Jesse Eisenberg, who portrayed Zuckerberg in the 2010 movie The Social Network.
As could be expected, it didn’t take long for viewers to point out the mistake on Twitter.
“Hey ball announcer: that was Jesse Eisenberg who played Marc [sic] Zuckerberg in a movie. He didn’t create Facebook. #Olympics #NBCfail,” viewer Mike Sigmond tweeted.
Sure, Eisenberg does look similar to Zuckerberg, but we’re not really sure how NBC could confuse the two. After all, Eisenberg wasn’t even wearing a hoodie.
We just want to know — is Eisenberg getting annoyed by being mistaken for Zuckerberg?
Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant’s dunk at the end of the USA-Spain basketball game was one of the most heavily tweeted moments of the Olympics, Twitter revealed on Monday. Overall, Twitter recorded more than 150 million tweets about the Olympics during its 16-day run. Facebook also measured unprecedented growth in users’ “likes” of athletes’ posts.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag