Australian news anchors unite for a cringeworthy ‘Anchorman’-style brawl

More than a dozen high-profile Australian news anchors and television personalities have paid homage to Anchorman‘s most famous scene in a new, cringe-inducing skit.

Released by SBS2 Australia, the online short pits veteran presenter Lee Lin Chin against warring factions from ABC, Channel Nine, SBS and beyond, the newsreaders going at one another with everything from pistols to neckties.

Billed as the “battle of the year” and promising to make “Ron Burgundy’s scuffle in Anchorman seem trivial,” the acting has been charitably described by the Guardian—whose own David Marr features—as “wooden.”

Boy, that escalated quickly.

H/T Reddit | Screengrab via SBS2Australia/YouTube

Rob Price

Rob Price

Rob Price is a technology and politics reporter who served as the U.K.-based morning editor for the Daily Dot until 2014. He now works as the news editor for Business Insider, and his work has appeared in Vice, Slate, the Washington Post, and the Independent.