Remember when you were a kid and your mother asked you to do something, like clean your room or take the trash out … and then she asked you nine more times … and then, while having far more important things to do, you finally, begrudgingly, did it?
You did it with with a bit of surliness, with total disdain for the task and for the person who assigned it, and while heaving lots of sighs.
That apparently is how BBC news anchor Simon McCoy felt about introducing this “news” report about a dog surfing competition in Northern California.
Pausing often, and emitting frequent sighs, McCoy prefaces his remarks by noting August is always a slow news month. Then he barely gets through reading the words, which clearly were written by someone else — someone who thought the event was cute.
McCoy apparently didn’t think that it was cute, or that it was news, and his performance behind the news desk was so lackluster that it has gone viral and made it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The Colbert bit shows the real McCoy, then features a faux BBC newscaster who has introduced one too many animal stories.
The real McCoy ends his narration saying, “That’s a shame, we’ve run out of pictures,” before turning things over to the weatherman.
McCoy’s demeanor suggests he thought presenting such fluff was beneath him, and not where he expected his career, which included covering the war in Iraq and the royal family, to turn.
(Buck up, Simon, there are still wars being waged and there’s a good chance more are ahead, possibly quite soon.)
We all need a little fluff now and then, and what is more delightful than watching dogs surf or, for that matter, watching dogs do anything?
It’s when we get a steady diet of it — and that seems to be the direction the news media continues to head — that it becomes unhealthy.
McCoy’s lackluster reading is being praised as “heroic” by some on Twitter, who maintain he gave the report exactly the enthusiasm it deserved.
Perhaps McCoy, through his demeanor, was providing commentary on the state of the worldwide news media, or simply exhibiting that stereotypical British nose-in-the-air disdain for trivial, silly (generally American) things. Perhaps it was a little of both, or even just a little on-camera shtick.
In any case, we’d suggest — without being too judgmental, too serious, or too fluffy — that he needs a vacation.
And a dog.
Surfing is not on the itinerary.
See his full comment below.)
(Photo: Posted by McCoy on Twitter)