• The Real Reason MSNBC Keeps Obsessing About “Sharknado 2”: Global Warming

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    If you’ve watched MSNBC at all this week — and you probably haven’t — you may have noticed that an awful lot of segments have been devoted to Sharknado 2: The Second One, the sequel to SyFy’s infamous low-budget original that premiered this week. As stupid as the first “film” was, the hype surrounding it was *almost* understandable, as it was a demonstration of the power of social media to get people talking about even the most ridiculous of topics. Most people who actually watched the movie after participating in the Twitter mania that surrounded it actually hated the thing. They had simply enjoyed feeling like they were a part of something for a little while. But for all intents and purposes, Sharknado had — pardon the pun — “jumped the shark” within moments of its airing. After all, it’s not like there’s any shortage of mindless disaster films. This one just happened to be slightly more ridiculous than most of what preceded it. By the time a sequel was announced, the reaction was little more than a collective groan.

    But not on MSNBC.

    Man, have they been hyping the hell out of this thing. At first, I assumed the endless promotion of The Second One was due to the flick being produced by NBC Universal, which does obviously play a role. On NBC’s Today Show, Matt Lauer and Al Roker showed some behind-the-scenes footage of Sharknado 2, because — you guessed it — they both make a guest appearance in it. Flipping over to MSNBC proper, so-called actor Ian Zerring was sitting down at the Morning Joe table to promote the premiere. That was followed up by none other than Tara Reid, the other Sharknado “star”, being interviewed by Ronan Farrow.

    Why this shark obsession on a cable news network while the Middle East is blowing up, you ask? Simple: Global Warming.

    It’s all in the video at the top of this page, folks. That’s Sharknado‘s creator, Thunder Levin (if that’s his real name), explaining on MSNBC how climate change inspired him to write the story because…wait for it…he ACTUALLY BELIEVES a Sharknado could happen.

    You know, we just felt it was time that the world was alerted to the perils of global warming and bio-meteorology, so it was just a matter of doing our research and getting the facts out to everybody,” said Thunder. “Absolutely, it could happen.”

    And there you have it, Surgers. A true nut-ball who actually believes climate change will result in sharks being shot out of the ocean and deposited into metropolitan areas to terrorize citizens. Sure, that sounds like “getting the facts out” to me!

    I’m guessing Thunder Levin will have his own MSNBC show by the end of the month. Perhaps they’ll give him Ronan’s slot when he’s finally shown the door.

    Anyway, now it should be crystal clear why the Left has been so excited for this disastrous disaster of a disaster flick. Don’t be surprised if Al Gore decides to finance The Third One.

    BONUS: Here’s Sharknado star Ian Zerring on Morning Joe. Co-host Thomas Roberts, who happens to be gay, was showing quite a bit of interest in Zerring’s moonlight gig as a Chippendales dancer. Weirdness ensued:

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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