This Reporter Had An Epic Reaction To A Herd Of Bison Headed In His Direction And Naturally, Twitter Is Meme-ing It Accordingly
There's no such thing as too many side-eye memes.
A Montana TV reporter had to think fast when he saw a herd of bison approaching while on-air. Video of the hilarious incident, which went viral quickly, shows Deion Broxton abruptly ending his reporting at Yellowstone National Park and running to the car.
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"Oh my god, oh my god," the NBC Montana reporter said as he saw danger approaching. "Oh, no. I ain't messin' with you. Oh no ... I'm not messin' with you."
Broxton had fun with his followers after posting the video on Twitter.
"There was a herd of bison walking right toward me at [Yellowstone National Park] today," he tweeted.
The reporter then posted another video, saying "here's the video of the bison I shot once I got a safe distance away lol."
Here's the video of the bison I shot once I got a safe distance away lol pic.twitter.com/uL3XiR2ISR— Deion Broxton KTVM (@DeionNBCMT) March 26, 2020
Social media users had plenty to say about the reporter's encounter, especially noting the side-eye he gave before running for his life.
"It appears you made the right call," one Twitter user said. "And may your side eye be forever immortalized as an overused gif."
It appears you made the right call. And may your side eye be forever imortalized as an overused gif— Scottie Pimpin' (@mitchelljames53) March 26, 2020
As it turns out, the side-eye has already become a useful GIF in this time of the coronavirus.
me when i see someone cough within a one mile radius pic.twitter.com/ZH4LThFgBf— nikolas (@nikparzanese) March 26, 2020
Broxton was not only applauded for being funny, but also for being smart.
"Common sense is always a great public service. Thank you," one social media user said.
Common sense is always a great public service. Thank you.— No (@FrazierIn) March 26, 2020
Another person said "SMART! Every year, they report someone being injured because they think Bison are just hairy farm cows."
SMART! Every year, they report someone being injured because they think Bison are just hairy farm cows.— Tea Party Barbie (@laurahollis61) March 26, 2020
The Yellowstone Twitter account also commended the NBC Montana reporter.
"A perfect example of what to do when approached by wildlife!" the park tweeted. "Thanks Deion for putting the #YellowstonePledge into action!"
Broxton's story even got the attention of his former professor at Towson University in Maryland.
“He was funny, he always had a lot of personality in class,” professor Jenny Atwater said.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Broxton has reported from Yellowstone about 25 times since he started his job with NBC Montana two years ago. The Baltimore native said he often sees bison when he goes on assignment, but they have never come close.
“They always say, ‘Stay at least 25 yards away from mammals,'” Broxton told The Baltimore Sun. “But that damn bison broke the 25-yard barrier and I was like, ‘Uhhh, I’m not dealing with this!’”
The 27-year-old said there was one bison from a herd of seven which stared him down and started to come closer.
“I don’t know if he was actually going to come at me, but I knew I didn’t want to stick around to find out," the reporter said. “I wasn’t trying to be on CNN for being killed by a bison.”