"Fake Federer" Does Shanghai

by: Jonathan Scott December 08, 2013

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The premise is a bit dicey, even inappropriate—"All Chinese seem to look the same, so do they think all white men look the same?"—but Donald Mahoney put it to the test. Taking to the streets of Shanghai, China, with a few bogus "bodyguards," he sought to discern whether locals would truly believe he was Roger Federer. As he signed purses, tennis gear, human skin, and more, the answer became clear.

How disappointed many of those Fed fans will be, if indeed they find out. For a wide swath of them, though, it's quite likely they'll never know the difference. Mahoney, a self-described Internet celebrity who makes videos in his "Donnie Does" series, doesn't resemble Federer much at all, and so those who played into his shtick basically had it coming. Here's hoping those designer bags themselves weren't real. 

Do you think this was a fun, interesting experiment or just plain mean?

[Hat tip to Busted Racquet.]

Got a thought, a tip, or a point to make? Hit me on Twitter @jonscott9.

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