The Machines Are Rising Against Michael Bay

Awwwww. First he's attacked by an air conditioner and now Michael Bay is publicly embarrassed by a teleprompter. While attempting to speak at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Bay was left high and dry when the teleprompter malfunctioned. Though visibly uncomfortable without the assistance of a prompter, Bay soldiered on. He began, "Um, I take — I try to take people on an emotional ride, and, um … " It was at this point that he realized he was talking about Michael Bay films being an emotional ride and excused himself from the stage. On the scale of teleprompter fails, this falls somewhere between Bill O'Reilly's meltdown and Ron Burgundy telling San Diego to go fuck itself.

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