The caption reads, “He tried to put gas in his Tesla” except he wasn’t trying, he was acting!
A video of a Tesla Model 3 owner trying to put gas in his electric car at a gas station uploaded by “The Justin Flom Show” went viral earlier this month with over 33 million views and counting. After a couple of minutes of searching, I’ve determined this is 100 percent a staged video, and, here’s proof.
Check out the video with its over-the-top acting featuring that bumbling Tesla Model 3 owner below.
Someone mentioned in the comments that Justin Flom and a group of his friends collaborate on viral videos like this in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, not uncommon for creators to do. If that’s true then the Tesla Model 3 owner would be a mutual friend of Flom’s.
From the video, the Tesla Model 3 actor is a fit and well built-looking Asian man.
Scrolling through Flom’s tagged Instagram photos brings up this epic lineup of fellow magicians, actors, and, comedians in the Las Vegas area, obviously the crew Flom runs with.
In the middle is fellow magician and viral video creator Paul Vu. With a backwards hat, glasses, and shorts, he looks like our guy, but not quite.
But, in several of Paul Vu’s videos there’s who I presume is his younger brother, Peter Vu. Just a tad shorter, a little more cut, and, one degree of separation from Flom, he definitely looks like our actor.
In Flom’s video, we only see his side profile and it definitely looks like our guy.
The “smoking gun” is a recent video featuring both Paul and Peter Vu of a prank where Peter gives his brother peppers and a ketchup drink instead of fries and a coke while driving in…a Tesla Model 3.
If we asked the Vu’s to see the license plate of that Model 3, it would probably match up with the one in Flom’s viral video.
OK, bro, who caaares? Why so salty?
Reading through the comments, most people who watched thought this video was real. There were some real emotions behind their words. Many were upset that they didn’t stop to help the guy while others offered kind words to the Tesla owner, again, all genuine emotions. But, those emotions were based off a fake and staged video, making fools out of those who thought it was real.
33 million views times three minutes a piece is roughly 188 years of people’s wasted genuine emotions over a fake vid.
Some say, “Bro, it’s just entertainment” and I get that. I love a good prank video where it’s obviously fake but you get a kick out of it anyway. But, videos like this, which skirt the line between, “is it real or staged?” rubs me the wrong way.
Find some actual, real life blunders or plan out some wholesome pranks of your own, but don’t fake reality.
Now that we know this video is staged, we can apply the same kind of skepticism on most of Flom’s “too real to be true” viral vids.