She was ashamed
Louisa couldn’t believe it. She sat frozen, how could he have done this to her in front of thousands? He was her soul mate, it seemed as if the four years they had spent together had meant nothing to him. She was prepared for the embarrassment that followed.
She knew no one would forget this, her friends would remind her when she was sitting in the retirement home in the 80s and eating porridge. Then an idea occurred to her. She would go back to her friend for what he had done. She wanted him to feel as embarrassed as she did.
A great life
Louisa felt she was leading a great life. She had a great apartment in town, she was hired by a great company, and she even had the love of her life by her side.
Louisa felt that nothing could ever ruin her perfect life. Then one day that started out like any other it changed. She felt the panic as her whole life felt like she was lying on her stomach.
Louis had been with her boyfriend Marc for four years, as far as they were concerned they were the perfect couple. Marc was a great friend and always treated Louisa just right. He would always be selfless and send her flowers or presents.
They both felt that they had found their soul mates, nothing could ever come between them, or they thought so. They would soon find that something was causing a dent in their relationship.
A birthday present
Marc loved basketball almost as much as Louisa. His team was the Brooklyn Nets, and he always took the weekend to cheer them on. Louisa was okay with Marc’s obsession with the sport. She had her own shopping obsession.
Louisa had found the perfect gift for her boyfriend. It was his birthday and she knew she would have lots of brownie points to make his day so special. But she had no way of knowing what effect this gift would have.
On the morning of Marc’s birthday, he excitedly tore the wrapping paper from his present. To his amazement, it was two tickets to see the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks. He couldn’t hold back his excitement.
Louisa smiled at him and said, “I’ll come with you.” Marc smiled back and hugged her hugely, he was so happy. At that moment he loved Louisa more than anything. Unfortunately, the couple did not know how cruel the twist of fate can be.
The big day had come and the couple were finally in the arena seats. Marc sat there excited and Louisa was glad that she had made him so happy.
The couple had beer, snacks and smiled on both faces. They wanted to relax and enjoy the game in the flesh. Louisa suddenly felt a strange feeling in the back of her mind. Something was wrong.
The kiss camera appears!
As is tradition, a kiss camera made its way through the crowd. Couple after couple were amused and had their big moment. Everyone was happy when the kiss camera came by.
But it was something that had happened to Louisa to other people and never thought it would actually land on her. Louisa was surprised but delighted when it got closer to them. She had no way of knowing what was going to happen next.
Then it was there, the kiss camera landed on them. Louisa prepared for her moment of fame while Marc looked down at his beer and noted that it was white knuckles.
What was the problem? Marc seemed a lot more ready to kiss his beer than Louisa at that moment. “Maybe he hadn’t seen the kiss camera,” thought Louisa. But Marc was all too aware of it.
Louisa tried her best to get Marc’s attention. She wanted him to look at the screen and see that they were up there. Marc just froze and still looked down at his drink. It seemed like he wished he could be anywhere but there.
Louisa got angry. She was embarrassed to shoot through them, but what she did next would have a big impact.
Why was he like that?
She gave Marc one more chance, but he would still work with her. She could feel all eyes on her, she felt her cheeks turn red with embarrassment. She would bring him back!
Her pulse quickened, she knew she had to act quickly before the kiss camera went from her. She turned to the man next to her. She had an idea, but was it the right one?
Get your revenge
The man on her left drank soda and went about his own business. But when Louisa turned to him and put forward her proposal, he did not seem hesitant and quickly accepted to join in her plan.
Maybe it didn’t hurt that she was easy on the eyes. While her unsuspecting friend was still tending his beloved beer, she did something that shocked the whole stadium.
Before the Kiss Cam turned away, the woman planted a hickey on the lips of the man on her left. When the crowd realized that they had kissed a stranger in revenge on their surly boyfriend, they burst into laughter.
The three women in front of them, confused by the spectacle but too close to the action to console themselves, looked both horrified and amused. The woman’s boyfriend, however, looked anything but amused.
She did the unthinkable
After the initial shock and disbelief about what his girlfriend had just done, the anger came. He cursed her, but she remained calm and looked pleased with her revenge.
So instead Marc got up and stormed off. Meanwhile, the happy stranger sipped his soda again and wore a huge smile on his face. The scene caused such a sensation that it was preserved for posterity.
This unique moment of revenge on Kiss Cam was uploaded to the Atlanta Hawks’ YouTube channel and soon went viral. After more than six million views, people had different views on the matter.
As with many other wild things shared online, the skeptics came promptly and began to question the story.
“Seems terribly wrong,” remarked one commenter named GrandChamp. Another called the people in the video “mediocre actors” and suggested that the kiss was fully staged.
Others even claimed the whole episode was a case of guerrilla marketing to promote a product – maybe Sprite, the soda the kissed gentleman drank. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time.
Do it for the drama
Some stadium production teams have been known to pose as couples who refuse kisses or even marriage proposals to create drama.
But usually the purpose is nothing more insidious than just surprising and entertaining the audience. It’s also not too far-fetched to think that a person could spontaneously kiss a stranger for the benefit of the Kiss Cam. And eyewitnesses defended the veracity of the incident.
As true as it can be
A user named Niki Blalock said they participated in the game and said, “I was there. It wasn’t a fake. My favorite part of the game! He walked out of the building! “
Other commentators agreed, confused that the event was fake. Perhaps one of those deniers was the friend himself, who tried to save a face after being brutally burned in front of millions of people.
Entertain the audience
Today, the Kiss Cam is a ubiquitous feature of many sporting events – but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, they didn’t really emerge until the 1980s when teams began adding giant video boards called “jumbotrons” to their stadiums.
To keep the fans entertained during the breaks, they showed live recordings of the audience cheering, partying and kissing. However, the Kiss Cam as we know it didn’t appear until a decade later.
The birth of a ritual
In 1993 the Florida Marlins debuted as part of the MLB. During the inaugural season, the production team at Joe Robbie Stadium created the Kiss Cam tradition in three simple steps: play a romantic song, point the camera at a couple, and show them on the screen framed by a heart.
The ritual persisted, and soon the Kiss Cam became part of not only the sport but also popular culture.
A popular culture favorite
Many movies and TV shows have had plots revolving around the Kiss Cam, whether for laughter or part of a budding romance.
In Modern Family, Phil Dunphy has to give his handsome mother-in-law Gloria a clumsy kiss. But the Kiss Cam also gave us many memorable moments in real life – and Louisa’s revenge on her uncooperative boyfriend remains a firm favorite.