What Happens When a Family Member Goes Viral

If you’ve been on social media today, surely you’ve seen “The World’s Most Awkward Weatherman.” This video of a weatherman cracking an apparently awkward joke on live TV has been spread everywhere today from California to New York. It’s been in Ireland, England, ALL OVER the US, and even Dubai. It has over a million views ON FACEBOOK ALONE.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, that “Awkward Weatherman” is my father.

Yes, he knows the video has gone viral. He doesn’t care. My dad is the last person to give a rat’s ass about anything social media related. The man barely knows how to send a text message.

But while my dad doesn’t care, that doesn’t mean I don’t.

I don’t know if any of you have parents in the television business. I do. There are fun parts. There are the opportunities to go to many charity events. There are times when I see my dad dress up in a bra for a breast cancer charity (yes, that has actually happened).

But then, there are the not-so-good times. Like this.

When my friend first sent me the video this morning, I figured it was something that would just blow over. No one would care, right? Well, soon after, the video had 80,000 hits.

Checking the comments was the worst decision I could have made. There were harmless, innocent comments, such as “Savage!” “Michael Scott as a news anchor” “HAHAHA OH NO!”

Then, there were some bad ones.

He better have gotten fired for this” “So disrespectful” “What a douche!” “I bet he goes to college bars and creeps on girls.” “WOW, nice, asshole.”

This is when I got mad. In fact, I told my friend Rachel that I “wanted to find the person who posted this video and beat the living hell out of them.”  I’m such a pleasant person when I’m angry.

Well, friends, hate to break it to you: That video is two years old. My dad didn’t get, NOR IS HE GOING TO BE, fired. In fact, he just signed a six-year contract. Sorry to burst your bubble.

In reading said comments, I posted a few very harsh replies. My older brother noticed what I was doing and made me delete the comments, saying “You’re starting unnecessary shit.” 

Am I?

These people were ripping into my dad, a man they don’t even know, for what? A “like” on Facebook?

Why is this video even viral? It’s two years old, and unless you know my dad and his friendship with the anchor he was referring to, the video isn’t even funny. 

So, guess what, kids?

My dad isn’t going to be fired. Frankly, if you feel he should be fired, your parents must be cousins, because you’re downright stupid and the comment he made was completely harmless.

A lot of people on the Internet are stupid and have nothing else better to do. I know this because I’m one of them. Why do you think I have a blog? Because I have nothing else better to do, and to be honest, I’m not very bright.

That’s not my point, though. My point is that this man you see as “The World’s Most Awkward Weatherman” is a man I see as my father. This man you see as “The World’s Most Awkward Weatherman” has three children, who frankly don’t give a rat’s fat ass what you think of our dad.

So, if you think my dad is a “complete douchebag”, so be it…

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Peace out, squadlings.

**I’m not posting the video in this blog post. Don’t even bother asking, it’s not gonna happen.**

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