Slogans seem to dictate a lot of our modern fashion choices and t-shirt tribes.
Whether you’re wearing a Slayer shirt and hoping no one asks you what your favourite track is because you can’t remember the tune to Raining Blood, or rocking an indie film t-shirt without having seen it for kudos on the streets, we pick and chose our clothes hoping they’ll make us look a certain way to people we’re trying to impress.
Unfortunately for this guy, his tee made him look a total fool on a TV quiz show:
The contestant, named on air only as Alberto, appeared on the popular Spanish quiz show Ahora Caigo – which translates to Now I Fall – in which hopeful participants go head-to-head for a top prize of 100,000 euros.
Host Arturo Valls had asked him the question:
What is Steve Rogers in the Avengers? ‘Doctor’, ‘Sir’ or ‘Captain’.
The answer to this question was closer than Alberto thought – on his t-shirt, in fact.
A pretty easy question considering the prize money at stake, particularly for a Marvel fan, presumably like Alberto, who even has an Avengers t-shirt on for the televised occasion.
But, even though the host pointed in the direction of his shirt, and his rival contestant smiled in disbelief at his unbelievable luck and his opponent’s unbelievable ignorance, Alberto could not summon the answer.
Failing to look down, where he would have found the answer right under his nose, he offered a half-arsed guess, shrugging: ‘Doctor?’
Unfortunately for Alberto, his moment of televised shame is proving popular around the world after being shared on social media.
@elii_chann voiced what everyone was thinking and wrote:
This guy is like the ones who wear Nirvana shirts just because they’re trendy!
— NeoChan (@Neo_Chano) December 13, 2017
To be fair, it could be worse. Take Sarah and Mariam, two best friends who appeared on the popular British quiz show, Pointless together.
Little did they know it would be the breakdown of their friendship, live on air, for a shocked nation to behold with their head in their hands.
It was all over this question:
Mariam, a Geography student, was asked to name a country that ended in two consonants, and wracking her brain, she came out with the answer that had her best mate despairing and rolling her eyes with the rest of the nation.
She answered ‘Paris’.
That’s wrong on a number of levels, as host Richard Osman pointed out – the primary problem being Paris is not actually a country – not to mention the fact that the letter ‘I’ is not, in fact, a consonant at all.
— Holly (@holly_m_rogers) January 2, 2017
Had this woman never watched Countdown? Had Alberto never watched Civil War? What is wrong with some people?
Admittedly it must be hard to be on your top performance with all those cameras pointing at you, knowing you’ll be tested on your every word.
But still, next time, take a deep breath, don’t panic, check your t-shirt and try not to make a fool of yourself live on television.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.