The Real Spark, whose name is James Bates according to his Instagram, taped a fake news interview posing as “Alfredo Rivera,” allegedly the Frontier flight attendant who overpowered the unruly passenger on a Philadelphia flight in Miami last weekend.
The video has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube alone since it was uploaded two days ago.
In the video for The Real Spark, which includes a news announcer voiceover introduction, Bates as “Rivera” says, “Now get something. I am a flight attendant. This means that I attend the thefts. He continues: “Sometimes our job requires us to take care of crazy people. If you push us too far, you’re going to have to witness this ass scream.
He describes the passenger: “This man smelled like a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, four shots of Everclear alcohol and regret – so I know something’s about to happen. Then “Rivera” said he pulled out a roll of duct tape, at which point the belligerent passenger “got scared and started to stutter, ‘Wait, wait a minute, something’s wrong.’ I said, ‘Yeah, we’re about to mmmmmmm-mummify your ass now, boy.’ So we wrapped it better than any Christmas present you’ve ever seen. The 93-second video clip ends with an outro cutting off two news anchors laughing in disbelief.
Bates’ video was shared widely on social media with glee, and some people apparently thought it was legitimate reporting. (In a “Good Morning America” segment, Alfredo Rivera was identified as another passenger on the flight who witnessed the altercation.)
Right-wing expert Piers Morgan tweeted Real Spark’s video on Friday saying, “This is absolutely fantastic. We need more people like Alfredo around the world. After social media commentators mocked Morgan for thinking the interview was real, Morgan later claims he actually knew that the “re-enactment” was satire.
The passenger at the center of the incident, Maxwell Berry, 22, of Norwalk, Ohio, was reportedly intoxicated and groped the breasts of two flight attendants. Berry was charged with three counts of assault. His actions on the flight were taped by another passenger, and the video itself went viral after it was shared online by news outlets. The airline said it placed the (real) flight attendants involved on paid leave pending investigation.
Some of the most popular videos on The Real Spark’s YouTube channel are fake news reports as well. The channel description reads, “Welcome to Spark Nation where you will be entertained with comedy, gameplay, reactions and more!” “
Watch the viral clip of the fake news interview “Alfredo Rivera”: