The reach of AI into everyday life has also led to some funny results regarding the NBA. Shaquille O’Neal and Carlos Barkleytwo of the funniest people on NBA TV by far recently watched an AI content creator produce a hilarious music video.
a parody of Lil NasXit’s absolutely popular Old Town Road content creator @happycat.1989 edited the likes of Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal into the video, along with the likes of Kenny Smith and ernie johnson.
The absolutely hilarious performance led Shaquille O’Neal himself to praise the content creator via an Instagram post. O’Neal was completely impressed with the clip and called the creator a “monster”:
i’m in love with @happycat.1989 she is a monster with these videos
The AI creator used Shaq and Chuck’s voices to imitate Lil Nas X and Cyrus respectively, creating a completely ridiculous performance that looks just as legit as the original video. Of course, the fact that the creator also edited Shaq and Barkley’s voices into the clip meant the singing wasn’t top-notch.
However, O’Neal was visibly impressed and evidently thought the performance was hilarious.
Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are used to trolling each other
The two TNT analysts are rivals and friends from their time in the NBA and usually leave no room for jokes at each other’s expense.
So not only did the latest clip present an opportunity for O’Neal to praise the AI creator, but it can also be expected to be mentioned in an upcoming TNT segment. Also included in the clip were people like Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson, who over the years have been aware firsthand of the type of jokes the two share at each other’s expense.
Regardless, some fans on Instagram were still baffled, claiming that AI has already entered dangerous territory. The perfect way Shaq and Barkley appeared in the video surely made fans believe that they really filmed it, considering the great quality of the clip.
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