Taiwan animation shows 'interview' with vampire Armstrong
TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese news group on Wednesday released its cheeky take on the Lance Armstrong scandal with an animation of the disgraced cyclist turning into a vampire during his "interview" with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Next Media's irreverent two-minute cartoon depicts Armstrong being interviewed at his Texas mansion wearing a Tour de France shirt before morphing into a bloodsucker complete with Dracula cape but still wearing a cycling helmet.
The cartoon shows empty spaces on the wall and sideboard where Armstrong's trophies and winner's T-shirts were once displayed before he was stripped of his titles after the doping scandal.
"Has anyone ever tried to see things from the perspective of disgraced athletes like Armstrong?" the narrator asks tongue-in-cheek after a sequence showing an apparently drug-fuelled Armstrong riding to victory on a bicycle that bursts into flames.