VEGAS MYTHS BUSTED: Videos Never Displayed on the Sphere
Posted on: October 16, 2023, 08:06h.
Last updated on: October 28, 2023, 07:42h.
Some of the videos flashing across the MSG Sphere’s 366-foot-tall exterior display — a blinking eye, a basketball, the Moon — have been unbelievable. And, considering how many millions of social media users have proven themselves willing to believe anything, it’s not surprising how many fake Sphere displays have attempted to take advantage of this disappointing fact.
A video posted to Twitter last week, appearing to show the Israeli flag, was exposed as a fake a day later by the Sphere itself, but not until after it received hundreds of thousands of likes and shares. Even news outlets fell for it, including the Breaking News Network and gossip reporter Perez Hilton, both of whose accounts have yet to remove the posts.
Don’t Believe Everything You Sphere
The original poster of the Israeli video was a Twitter account named “Tallywood,” which is owned by Tal Cooperman, a visual effects artist who works as executive creative director for Station Casinos. It seems the Israeli native didn’t create the video as intentional misinformation, but as a way to show solidarity with the festivalgoers attacked, killed, and taken hostage by Hamas on October 7.
Regardless, intentionally faking Sphere videos has become something of a thing. Not only does Tiktok have a “Vegas sphere fake or real” category, but someone invented a TikTok filter that puts users’ faces right on the Exosphere, though its results don’t appear very realistic.
Below are some of the more convincing — and enjoyable — faked Sphere images to date. Hopefully, you haven’t already shared any. And if you haven’t yet, please don’t start.
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