With crime running rampant in Australia, 7 News Australia is getting trolled by tipsters with Simpsons clips.
The Australian podcast Four Finger Discount posted screengrabs of the trolling as fans are sending in Simpsons screenshots featuring Snake, the felon who’s always robbing Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart, when claiming to have evidence of crimes.
One of the podcasts hosts, Brandon Dando, said 7 News continually fell for the prank and urged others to try it out as well.
“What’s amazing about this is that it happened completely spontaneously,” said co-host Mitch Grinter. “We posted one or two that were shared rapidly, and before we knew it we were inundated with hundreds of messages from people getting in on it.”
It seems the trolling has extended outside of 7 News, as other news organizations are getting hit with the same thing.
The clips are really funny and the trolling is expertly done, but the joke exploding means news organizations have to spend time dealing with that crap and may take tips less seriously. I’m all for Simpsons clips, but not at the expense of the news cycle. Troll responsibly because we all know what happened the last time Bart trolled Australia.