A man from Brisbane, Australia became a sensation overnight after he took it upon himself to stream a pay-per-view boxing fight he purchased the rights to see on Facebook Live, much to the delight of more than 112,000 people who used his Facebook feed as their television.
The man has been identified as Darren Sharpe, a mechanic thankfully not to be confused with Darren Sharper.
Sharpe got a phone call from Foxtel, the provider of the fight, when his stream was exposed. Sharpe recorded the conversation.
The call from Foxtel came just before the Danny Green-Anthony Mundine main event. The provider couldn’t help but notice that more than 100,000 people were watching while not paying.
“I want you to stop streaming it on Facebook,” the employee said. “You’re fine at home, there’s no dramas with that at all. Just don’t stream it on Facebook.”
Sharpe replied: “But what about my audience?”
“Mate, I’ve got 78,000 viewers here that aren’t gonna be happy with you,” he said. “I’m not doing anything wrong mate, what can you do to me?”
The steam ended shortly after that.
Sharpe has since taken measures to ensure that the “what can you do to me?” part is mitigated in the event that there is legal action.
But judging by the response on Facebook, it might not be wise for Foxtel to make an example of Sharpe. His Facebook feed is hilarious right now.
This is the stuff memes are made of.
And, yes, a “Darren Sharpe — The Legend” page has been created.
Do the smart thing, Foxtel. Recognize Darren Sharpe as the Australian national treasure that he is.
(H/t 9 News)