This Guy Falling On Live TV Is The Election Relief The Internet Needed
Nov. 8 has turned out to be a pretty tense day in the United States, to say the least. As election night continues to unfold, voters are watching state projections that are much closer than expected, leaving many biting their nails and wondering about the night's final result. Considering the collective breath-holding the country is currently engaged in, an NBC video of a guy falling on live TV was exactly the kind of comic relief the internet (not to mention the country) needed on Tuesday night.
During a live-stream at Democracy Plaza in Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NBC anchor Jo Ling Kent walked backwards through the crowd, narrating the scene as she went. One man, grinning, appeared from behind her only to inch in front of the camera and then walk backwards alongside Kent, apparently intent on staying in the camera's view (whether he was supposed to remain next to her for an upcoming question or not, we'll never know). As he smiled and inched back, however, he seemed to trip and fall backwards (which, hey, is probably exactly what I'd do if I ever ended up on live TV, too).
Having a man unexpectedly fall down on live TV was clearly just the kind of humorous break voters needed (and, honestly, freakin' deserved) from the election, because they took advantage of the situation and began weighing in on Twitter almost immediately. First, here's the fall:
Second, here are all of Twitter's beautiful reactions to the fall, because we all clearly needed a laugh and what a better way to articulate that need than with 140 characters, or less:
Thanks, guy falling down right before an interview on NBC. You're the comic relief AND very apt metaphor this night needed. #ElectionNight— Amos Posner (@AmosPosner) November 9, 2016
Did anyone watching NBC just see that guy fall............... pic.twitter.com/70bgQ2ukpi— Jade Rose Truglio (@jadetruglio) November 9, 2016
That guy on NBC who followed the woman to get an interview and proceeded to fall over is a true hero— Josh Bailey (@Josh_Baileyyyyy) November 9, 2016
Watching that dude fall on NBC's coverage like... pic.twitter.com/huY4KYTscF— imattmypants (@imattmypants) November 9, 2016
Did anyone else just see that Trump supporter fall on his face on NBC? Absolutely fantastic.— Ben Lentini (@Benlen17) November 9, 2016
So like we all saw that guy fall on NBC right?— Maggie wilk (@mwilk2525) November 9, 2016
I only fell on the ground, so that I could fall into your hearts. #ElectionNight— NBC Falling Voter (@fallingvoter) November 9, 2016
Of course, since it's the internet, someone also made the NBC falling guy a Twitter account as well, naming it "NBC Falling Voter." His Twitter bio simply read: "11/8/16 - The date I fell on the ground, and into every American's heart." His tweets included phrases like, "Gonna go on NBC and fall on live tv," and "I only fell on the ground, so that I could fall into your hearts."
It's moments like this that make following the election live worth it, folks. Because even amid the wild ride that this election night has been, the internet has managed to make fun of CNN host Wolf Blitzer's "key race alerts," make light of their own feelings (yes, everyone has a lot of them at the moment), and enjoy a guy's tumble on live TV. But hey, election night has carried on a little longer than everyone expected and emotions are running high, so we have to take our comedic relief where we can get it.