You know how true fans of classic rock always seem to get upset when they see someone wear, say, a Led Zeppelin t-shirt, but they have never even heard about Stairway To Heaven? Or a Queen t-shirt, but they have no idea who Freddie Mercury is? It’s more than a little bit frustrating to see someone, the younger generation especially, who has no knowledge about such iconic bands, and a little bit sad as well when you realize they don’t know what real music is.
But this doesn’t apply to music only. It applies to everything. Even superheroes. Now, you’d think that Captain America, having been around in comic books since 1941, and with three extremely successful Hollywood blockbuster movies in recent years (Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011; Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014; and Captain America: Civil War, 2016), would be an easily recognizable face. Particularly if that face is the one gracing the t-shirt you’re currently wearing. Yeah, you’d think that, and you’d be wrong.
Meet Alberto. He was a contestant on Spanish quiz show ¡Ahora Caigo! (Now I Fall) and he was on the verge of winning €100,000 ($118,629). All he had to do was answer one simple question: what is Steve Rogers in Avengers? The possible answers were: Doctor, Sir, and Captain. Suffice to say, he didn’t guess correctly, giving ‘Doctor’ as his final answer. That’s not the worst part of the story, though, even if it is pretty bad. No, it was the fact that Alberto was wearing a Captain America t-shirt that has caused this story to take off and achieve the status of a viral sensation over the last few days.
You can see the host of the show, Alvaro Valls, becoming more and more animated and agitated, pointing at the puzzled contestant’s t-shirt. As Alberto picked the wrong answer, the disbelieving host was quick to give the situation a humorous twist, saying, “We wear these shirts and we do not know what we are wearing!”
Oh well, poor Alberto. Now he will probably never forget that it’s Captain America, and not Doctor America, but it’s too little, too late. Better luck next time, if he ever decides to go on a quiz show again, and hopefully he will get easier questions than that…