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Organizers of disastrous Wonka event confronted on camera by furious parents—admit it was all done with AI

'Truly think Glaswegian accents are the best accents.'

 

Mikael Thalen

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Posted on Feb 29, 2024   Updated on Feb 29, 2024, 12:22 pm CST

Video of a confrontation between outraged customers and organizers of the now infamous Willy Wonka experience in Glasgow is going viral online.

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But many are still left with questions after failing to decipher the heavy Scottish accents in the clip.

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The fiasco began earlier this week after families descended onto the event, which, according to its website, promised everything from “giant sweets, vibrant blooms, mysterious looking sculptures, and magical surprises” to “mind-expanding projections, optical marvels, and exhibits that transport you into the realm of creativity.”

Yet despite the website showing fantastical images of a colored dreamscape, the event itself turned out to be anything but. Children were left screaming and crying at the abysmal display as well as a bizarre cast of characters hired to run the event.

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Typos that littered the advertisements also raised concerns the whole thing had been dreamed up by artificial intelligence.

In the viral clip, an individual associated with the so-called experience admits that the images on the website were entirely generated by AI, stirring patrons to accuse the event organizers of false advertising.

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“It’s a total scam!” one woman says as the organizer promises refunds.

In the video, a man on the left says, “We guarantee a full refund starting on Monday.”

When confronted about the pictures and sets not lining up, he says “we used artificial intelligence to generate” the backdrops.

“You’ve scammed children,” one lady adds, to which what appears to be a security guard says, “I’ve done nothing.”

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But beyond that, according to some users on X, it remains entirely unclear what else was said.

“Need someone to add subtitles,” one user wrote.

“Nobody understood a thing,” another added. “We need the subtitles AND receipts !!”

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Not everyone had an issue with the accents, though. Some users argued that the heavy Scottish accents made the clip and the entire controversy that much better.

“Truly think Glaswegian accents are the best accents out there. ‘Theere’s no’ enough ahnfeermayshun on Fayceboook’ it’s my absolute FAVORITE, I love it so much, my GOD,” one user said.

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“With the number of people asking for subtitles for this clip, I’ve convinced myself that my superpower is understanding Glaswegian accents,” one user proclaimed.

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Regardless of how much anyone online can glean from the clip, the Scottish Wonka saga is undoubtedly the most viral incident to take place so far this year and has already spawned countless memes.

And with every new picture, video, and interview, the Wonka story only gains more steam.

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*First Published: Feb 29, 2024, 11:05 am CST
 

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