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Fake avalanche video sends Twitter into frenzy

'Please tell me this was a parody.'


Dominic-Madori Davis

Internet Culture

Published Jun 7, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 11:02 am CDT

An avalanche video has gone viral on Twitter, and people are freaking out.

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The video shows a family simply sitting and watching an avalanche hurl toward them. Many people were upset that the family only ran away at the last minute, and the father appeared to have left behind his wife and children.

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Luckily, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.

The video is fake and is actually from a Swedish movie called Force Majeure. The clip from the film was posted by comedy writer Ziwe Fumudoh, with the caption, “This is exactly how America reacts to global warming.”

Understandably, people began to take the video literally, and the clip quickly spread across the internet.

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However, those who actually believed the video failed to read the comments, most of which were disclaimers about how the clip was from a movie.

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The film Force Majeure is about the father who left his family behind in this scene, and how that created tension in the family. An American remake is in the works with Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.

But that didn’t stop people from commenting on how this scene is representative of climate change and how Americans typically react toward it.

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Sometimes movies predict the future.


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*First Published: Jun 7, 2019, 1:01 pm CDT