Did NBC's wildly popular new series 'This is Us' copy this viral video from a Detroit academy?
The founder of the training school behind the viral Detroit karate class, is not a fan of NBC's This is Us. The show is very popular among audiences and critics, becoming arguably the most successful new show of the 2016-17 television season thus far. During Tuesday night's episode, the show, which follows lives of two fraternal twins and their adopted brother, participated in a father-son initiation ceremony during a martial arts class. If you've seen the viral video, then you know that the scene looks very similar to it. That's why Jason Wilson, the founder of The Cave of Adullam Transformational Academy and the man responsible for the viral video, is putting up a fight.
“They just took a corner of a cake. That’s not even a whole percentage of what we do,” Wilson told BLAC Detroit. “The kids have to go through spiritual and physical training just to get to that place. They didn’t replicate a football game. They replicated something that is sacred and valuable to our community.”
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During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, show creator Dan Fogelman, talked about getting the idea for it from a video he saw online. Wilson's video was so popular that it became viral, landing him a spot on networks like CNN and even NBC's Today. According to Wilson, he was not contacted by NBC or This is Us for usage in this episode.
Wilson has retained counsel and plans on taking actions against the network for the unauthorized use of his intellectual property.
What do you think? Coincidence or copy? And what are your thoughts about This is Us? Let us know in the comments