TV outlet accidentally airs man’s testicles during solar eclipse coverage

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A Mexican news outlet has been ridiculed online after it accidentally aired a man’s testicles when presenting viewer-submitted footage of Monday’s solar eclipse.

RCG Media’s 24/7 news program was covering the eclipse when its three anchors showed clips submitted by fans experiencing the celestial phenomenon — only to fall prey to a well-known prank in Latin America, the local La Vanguardia newspaper reported.

As the male host was listing the cities from where the eclipse could be enjoyed, the clips being presented on the left side of the screen cut to a man blocking out the sun with his testicles.

One of the two female anchors could be heard gasping in shock while her male colleague carried on, ignoring the graphic image.

The clip was quickly taken off the screen, with the male anchor explaining that the clips were submitted by viewers as he admitted that the fervour to include fans’ experiences can lead to embarrassing situations for broadcasters, The NY Post reports.

It is not uncommon for people to share clips of a so-called “testicular eclipse” online during a solar event, with such images previously shared during the 2019 eclipse in Chile. Even Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has gotten in on the risque gag, posting a similar video on his Instagram page before taking it down, the Mirror said.

But Monday’s incident in Mexico appears to be the first time the image made its way onto television, with many mocking the news outlet for failing to check the video before airing it.

One X user with the handle Rhevolver claimed responsibility for submitting the clip to RCG as he reveled in the successful prank.

“Greetings to all my people from Saltillo who had to watch my eggs on television because those from @rcg_media neglected to review the video of the eclipse carefully,” Rhevolver wrote.

“I love them.”

It remains unclear if the footage submitted was of Rhevolver himself or if it was recycled from previous “testicular eclipse” posts.

RCG media did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.