Olympic cameraman pans to follow roach, inspiring swarm of social media reaction

An Olympic cameraman ignited a swarm of social media reaction this week when he panned away from a women’s hockey game to follow the path of a cockroach next to the field.

The video has generated more than 8.4 million views as of Saturday afternoon.

“La Cucaracha” a Spanish-language announcer deadpans as the gruesome insect casually propelled itself along what appears to be a beam next to the artificial playing surface in Tokyo.

Argentina led Spain 1-0 at the time, and went on to win 3-0.

The unidentified cameraman has been treated like a parasite by some viewers, but most social media commentators appear to have found the humor in it.

“Guy wanted to be a national geographic cameraman but got the Olympics job instead,” quipped @athenajxnee.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Hockey - Women's Pool B - Argentina v Spain - Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - July 26, 2021.
Argentina wasn’t too bugged by the roach and cruised to a 3-0 triumph over Spain.
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Twitter was crawling with responses to the unexpected bug.
Twitter was crawling with responses to the unexpected bug.
Bernadett Szabo/REUTERS

“Why is this making me laugh so much” mused @alexthezebra_

“Other roaches: YOOOOOOOOOOOO” said @jesussancen

And, finally, at least one English-speaking viewer found the video a learning experience.

“I am today years old when I realised the song speedy gonzeles sang is about the cockroach (la cucaracha),” opined @untestsubject.


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