AUSTRALIAN Surfer Mick Fanning’s near-death experience with a Great White shark has been spoofed in a new ad for KFC in South Africa and his mum is not impressed.
In the advertisement, a lookalike Fanning can be seen treading water in the ocean before being attacked by a shark.
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The commercial shows the surfer suddenly appearing from the water with the shark held triumphantly above his head.
The footage was produced for KFC’s new ‘Jacked Up Double Crunch’ burger on sale in South Africa.
But Fanning’s mother has come out, stating she doesn’t see the funny side of the commercial.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Elizabeth Osborne says she finds the ad extremely disrespectful.
“They’ve put a lookalike in the video. It really brings back a lot of trauma for everybody who has been attacked by a shark,” Ms Osborne told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I think it’s very disrespectful.
“Some families have had fatalities and some people are still absolutely scarred without limbs. It’s disrespectful to them and Mick is not at all happy with that.”
Fanning made international headlines when he fought off a Great White during the final round of the J-Bay Open in South Africa in July.