The timing of the solemn announcement of Senator John McCain’s death, who passed away at the age of 81 following a battle with cancer, has landed US broadcaster NBC in hot water. The network reported about the somber event and cut back to an episode of “America’s Got Talent,” where two half-naked corpulent men in dolphin masks were dancing, kissing and making dolphin-like sounds with equipment. The duo, named the Japanese Belly Guys, performed an act they had named a “Dolphin Love Story.”
NBC solemnly announces death of Sen. John McCain.— Rob Beschizza (@Beschizza) 26 августа 2018 г.
Wait for it. pic.twitter.com/xAqZ3HtvHa
Abruptly switching from the sad news about the death of the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, long-time Senator and Vietnam war veteran, has triggered a fierce Twitter debate.
Some even likened the performers moves to “masturbating.”
The mishap breathed new life into hashtag #DolphinLoveStory, as some users shared their astonishment.
Others suggested the precedent would bring new meaning to the idea of bad timing
#DolphinLoveStory —level will be a new way to describe a degree of timing badness.— FlagHi Golf App ⛳️📲 (@FlagHiApp) 26 августа 2018 г.
There were those who just had fun and joked about the gaffe.
Not sure #dolphinlovestory is the worst McCain rememberence— Eſs Ar Eſs El On (@calieber) 26 августа 2018 г.
Netizens also thrashed NBC for bad programming and mismanagement.
Holy shit NBC way to memorialize McCain Hahahahahahahaha— S P A C E 🍕 M O M (@dogsokaywooof) 26 августа 2018 г.
NBC: John McCain has died. Now back to your regular programming. Wtf? https://t.co/5G9HyAbQlo— Dave From Knoxville (@daveandthomas) 26 августа 2018 г.