Tony Hawk’s Great Hoverboard Prank Requires No Apology

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By now, you’ve probably seen the video of Tony Hawk (and Moby and Terrell Owens and a bunch of other celebs) riding a “HUVrTech” hoverboard modeled after the one in “Back To The Future Part II.” They even had Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, introduce it. Looks legit, right?

Well, this is the internet, so you have to assume that everything is bullsh*t. Shockingly this wasn’t a Jimmy Kimmel prank, but rather a Funny Or Die prank, as Hawk and Lloyd both admitted (and apologized for) in two separate videos:

The thing is, neither of these guys should have apologized, or even felt the need to do so. Yes, they fooled millions of people for a laugh. So what? Good for them. There’s nothing wrong with playing a joke if nobody’s actually harmed.

But since this is the internet, everybody (well, everybody who doesn’t assume everything is bullsh*t) feels OUTRAGED. Yeah, hoverboards would be awesome — we’d be willing to sell numerous internal organs to ride a real one — but you know what’s also awesome? Appreciating a brilliant ruse for the thought and effort that goes into it.

A future where you have to apologize for a little innocent mischief is no future we want to live in — or go back to.

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Marty Beckerman (@martybeckerman) is the Associate Editor of Guy Code Blog