The viral video garnered over 1.5 million YouTube views and showed up in tons of Facebook feeds, but the couple breaking up at a Fresno Grizzlies (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) game actually work for the team.
It was too good to be true: the video showed a couple on the Kiss Cam having a disagreement over being shown on the Kiss Cam. (Yes, very meta.) With the man seemingly more interested in his phone than in kissing his “girlfriend,” her only recourse is to dump her soda on him and walk directly into the hands of the Grizzlies mascot, Parker, causing millions of wronged women to immediately cheer on the woman brave enough to humiliate her man at the ballpark.
Daniel and Kelly, alas, are both employees of the team. From CBS47:
But the thing is, it was all fake. “We decided you know, there’s going to be a pretty big crowd we should do what we can and try and get the people to laugh that’s our job here at the Grizzlies to make sure they have a good time,” said Kelly.
It turns out they both work for the Grizzlies. Kelly is with promotions and Daniel works in the Kid’s Fun Zone during the games. “We are the ones that are doing all the on-field games with Parker. We’re the ones who are basically the cheerleaders for the Grizzlies,” said Kelly.
To add insult to injury, the video has been pulled from YouTube after a copyright claim from a music publisher.
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