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10 Seconds of (Actually Possibly Not Funny) Grammys Coverage Ever


Sorry, what's that? Unfortunately, our friend on the air was taken to the hospital for tests after this incident. The news is muddled on this—if it's simply misspeaking, it's very funny. If it's actually a medical incident? That's horrible.

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Not so hilarious when one considers she was possibly having a stroke on live TV.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8322966/Serene-Branson-hospitalised-after-Grammys-speech-problems.html

KarenUhOh (#19)

Oh, lord, that's not nice at all. I'm backing off and feeling real small.

I feel equally small. It seemed innocuous enough and I'll cop to having a good laugh when I first saw this. I think a lot of people are having regrets about their initial reaction to this, so, no harm done.

I will feel like a dick when I see the test results.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

If strokes are funny.

Jewishthunda701 (#9,861)

Wow now I feel like a dick.

Stroke? Get real. She flubbed. Going to the hospital to cover your ass does not mean she had a stroke.
But ya gotta love the Telegraph not asking for a medical opinion but just showing the footage.

Fair enough. If so, that's a deviously good PR move.

Perhaps. Perhaps not. Assuming no stroke she could have ridden the wave of these laughs to stardom. It's tv, exposure is currency, but she wasn't devious enough and thought instead like a normal person; "how can I cover this up? Stroke!" Which makes us feel bad, ensuring hers will be a legacy of dark mixed feelings, hardly the stuff of tv success. Or she had a stroke in which case, I hope she gets better!

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Source?

6h057 (#1,914)

I see what you're saying. Those earrings are terrible.

There's no way that's a normal flub. You can see her struggling to get it right, and appalled at her inability to say what she means right away. My mom had a big seizure last summer. This is what she sounded like coming off the sedation.

I'll see your anecdote and make one up of my own (not that you did, I'm just attacking the form): My mom does a lot of public speaking but sometimes she messes up and sounds exactly like this.

Dickdogfood (#650)

Yes, fight the real enemy: internet anecdotes.

Sounds like what really did happen to a friend of mine just last year. Quick thinking got him to the hospital in time for some drug to be administered within the magic window. He's recovered his vision, speech and mobility, thank goodness. You'd never know he'd suffered a stroke.

jfruh (#713)

If she's having a stroke that is in fact horrible! But here's another option: my wife used to work for a juvenile drug court, and one of the kids she worked with was apparently tripping on acid when his mom came home unexpectedly. The kid was like "OK, stay cool, she won't suspect anything," and was really proud of himself for acting like nothing was amiss. Except that he was actually talking to his mother like this, and couldn't tell. It didn't go well.

apd (#9,862)

I can't believe you posted this on Twitter as "hilarious" 9 hours after The Telegraph posted it as a possible stroke. Even if it isn't an medical emergency, the look of horror on that poor woman's face is awful. Take the clip down, until you know if it's comedy or tragedy.

djfreshie (#875)

We have to wait to find out if things are comedy or tragedy before posting clips?

apd (#9,862)

On a comedy website? Yeah, I'd think that's right in the definition.

djfreshie (#875)

1: This is a comedy website?
2: There's a definition of 'comedy website'?
3: The definition of 'Comedy Website' makes reference to the inclusion of publicly available footage of unconfirmed (but reported by the Telegraph as 'feared to be') strokes?
4: This is a comedy website?

apd (#9,862)

Well, it sure isn't the BBC. Or the "medical tragedy" website. But more to the point: the link on Twitter said "10 Seconds of the Most Hilarious Grammys Coverage Ever". That sounds like comedy to me.

djfreshie (#875)

A perceived insensitive tweet a comedy site does not make.

Also, it would be okay for BBC or 'Medical Tragedy' website to post the publicly available footage, but not other non-tragedy websites?

apd (#9,862)

Actually, I think the BBC would put that past a few editors before posting it, and I don't think they'd use it as humour.
As much as I'm enjoying our discussion, my point is: the intent of the post was humourous, the website's tone isn't hard news, and that woman looks to be in some distress, even pain. If you agree with that, you have to agree that it's inappropriate as humour. (If it isn't, then there was no need to change the headline of the post.) Agreed?

hman (#53)

Take it over to crasstalk, guys.

apd (#9,862)

Naw, we'll wait until we're ready to compare this to 9-11 or each other to Nazis.

saythatscool (#101)

@hman: Is that who this is? A recent Gawker refugee? I am trying to figure out how such a tone deaf person winds up here.

hman (#53)

@stc: Oh, I don't know – just stirring up trouble for no reason, tragically.

djfreshie (#875)

My grandfather was a nazi, and died on 9-11. So your little joke is super offensive. But obviously, only to me.

apd (#9,862)

Ok, that's pretty funny.

apd (#9,862)

nope, not "stirring up trouble for no reason" just trying to make an honest comment. And as for "tone deaf", scroll up: there's about a dozen other commenters who are at least ambivalent about the original post.
Oh, and I love saythatscool's idea that this site is an exclusive club. This is on the World Wide Web, correct?

saythatscool (#101)

@apd: Try not stroke out. It wasn't a slur against you. I was just trying to make a point about people who are paralyzed over risque comments. So there's no need to have a hemorrhage, just shut off the part of your brain that feels outrage.

apd (#9,862)

Hey, I see what you did there. Pretty clever.
Gotta go: heading over to Gawker to complain about the redesign.

djfreshie (#875)

@stc: *slow claps at first but then soon everyone is clapping, and pretty enthusiastically.*

djfreshie (#875)

Oh, and FYI:
“Despite a report from London’s Daily Telegraph that she was hospitalized, Branson may have merely been checked by EMT personnel and sent home with a friend, according to Kristin Cruz, co-host of the Mark & Kristin Show on KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles. CBS 2 News in LA has yet to comment on the incident.”

She's supposedly "feeling fine"

Ha!

A KCBS spokesman released a statement that Branson was examined by paramedics on the scene immediately following the broadcast. "Her vital signs were normal," the statement said. "She was not hospitalized. As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home, and she says she is feeling fine this morning."

djfreshie (#875)

My favourite part was when everyone suddenly felt horrible for laughing. I imagine that the laughter will now resume until of course it's determined that a swine flu shot caused her to walk backwards and then everyone will feel shame again. The Circle of Shamelaughtershame.

betsy (#274)

Wait, he's saying it's tasteless to call video of a woman possibly having a serious medical emergency "hilarious" and *he's* the tone deaf one?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Think of it as either PSA or LOL, hard to say which but excellent either way.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

Isn't it funny because it's a stroke?

Hey, what's Valentine's Day without a good stroke video?

KarenUhOh (#19)

FWIW–and I'm not sure it's much: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20031849-10391704.html

If I had a stroke watching the Grammys, I hope to hell someone would tell a good joke about it.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

So which came first, the tweets or the egg?

KarenUhOh (#19)

I have no idea. But I do know that if you were to say "LOL srsly lmfao braw" on TV everyone would want to call the paramedics.

Look, I don't have a monopoly on impersonating a medical professional on this site– you're all free to do and say as you please. Maybe go check out KUO's link, or the clip from today's Today Show, or any number of non-medical news outlets now soberly assessing the situation, though. Better yet, go to the bona fide doctor-y ones, those that will tell you that this "recovery" is hardly an occasion for a "ha!" An event like this can be a harbinger of a stroke two years into the (your?) future. While you're still in your thirties!

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