(WWJ) – Are a Grand Rapids-area woman’s injuries being blamed on a reindeer attack?
Not really, but a West Michigan TV news station is getting a lot of laughs on social media in response to their holiday-themed, tongue-in-cheek report.READ MORE: Whitmer Recommends Mask Rules For School Districts As Delta Variant Spreads
Fox 17 on Wednesday shared a fully produced, deadpan “breaking news” segment on their Facebook page, alleging a local grandmother was run over while walking home on Christmas Eve; the anchorman adding: “According people familiar with the investigation, it appears as though she was run over by a reindeer.”
A clear homage to the 1979 novelty single by Elmo & Patsy, a reporter claims Grandma — who’d drank too much eggnog, and staggered out the door into the snow — “had hoof-prints on her forehead, and incriminating Claus marks on her back.”
The video includes file footage of reindeer with their faces blurred “to protect the innocent.”READ MORE: Automakers Reinstate Mask Mandate At All U.S. Facilities
“Well, people can believe what they want,” said a purported family member, wiping away a tear as she’s interviewed. “But as for me and Grandpa, we believe…we believe.”
Reaction to the spoof was swift and largely positive.
A local grandma herself, Patricia Wood Crawford wrote: “This was so great!! Thank you FOX 17 always setting the bar for a great news channel. Not everything is doom and gloom, this was just fun to see I literally laughed out loud. :) Also tagged my 2 older grandchildren that have Facebook accounts and told them not to worry I am fine.”MORE NEWS: Historic Negro League Ballpark In Hamtramck To Undergo $2.6 Million Renovation
Sarah Tolin commented: “How on earth were they able to do that with a straight face?”