Michael Phelps Defends His Bullshit Ass Shark Week Race Against a CGI Shark

He’s like the faster swimmer in the history of the world and has a million Olympic Gold Medals (23 to be exact). So, when we all heard that in honor of Shark Week on the Discovery channel, Michael Phelps was going to race a great white shark on national tv, we were all obviously excited.

However, he didn’t really race a shark. He raced some CGI version of a shark that supposedly gives the real speed of a shark and then simply compared his numbers to that of the shark.

Obviously, everyone was like “WTF?”

Now, Phelps is responding.

Phelps did an hour long Facebook Live Q&A on Tuesday and told on person:

“Scott, you can believe whatever you want. Everything was either presented on air during multiple interviews that I did throughout Shark Week or the beginning of the show. Sorry you feel that way. For me, this was something I always wanted to do, and I was honored to be able to do it. So, I’m sorry that you feel that way. I feel very different.”

To another he said:

 “Some people just decide not to listen to some of the things that we do and that’s not my fault that you don’t do that. It’s pretty easy to open up your ears and listen to either what the TV is saying, what announcers are saying, or what I’m saying in interviews.”

Watch the full video below:

Discovery Channel also released a statement:

“In ‘Phelps Vs Shark’ we enlisted world class scientists to take up the challenge of making the world’s greatest swimmer competitive with a Great White,” it reads. “The show took smart science and technology to make the challenge more accessible and fun. All the promotion, interviews, and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side-by-side race. During Michael’s pre-show promotion, as well as within the first 2 minutes of ‘Phelps Vs Shark,’ this message was clear and we are thrilled with the audience and the engagement around the world.”

You might also like