The Fake Race Was Won With Alternative Facts

| England, UK | Parents & Guardians

(One afternoon my parents and I are watching Formula 1 on TV. The camera switches to an onboard shot of one of the drivers. My mum has barely paid any attention to the race, suddenly her eyes go wide and she starts pointing.)

Mum: “THAT’S FAKE!”

(My dad and me shoot her a really weird look and expect this to be a joke, then it dawns on us that she is serious.)

Me: “What are you talking about?

Mum: “That shot — it’s fake!”

Me: “Mum, that’s an onboard camera shot. It’s clearly real.”

Mum: “Nonsense. That’s a clip from a video game!”

Me: “Even the best video games don’t look as realistic as that. It’s not fake.”

Mum: “Oh, yes it is! Look at it. It’s clearly a fake!”

(The TV switches to the same shot again — my mum begins pointing again.)

Mum: “THERE, LOOK! That’s a video game clip. They’re lying to people!”

Me: “For Christ’s sake, mum, that looks nothing like a video game! Just leave it.”

Mum: “But that’s fake.”

Me: “How would you know? You never play video games!”

Mum: “Because I know what I know and—“

Dad: *interrupting* “Oh, shut up, [Mum]!”

(Thankfully she was quiet for the rest of the race and since then there have been no further F1 conspiracies theories.)

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