Yao Ming, Mutombo & Jeremy Lin want you to “Say No to Shark Fin Soup” w/ WildAid.org

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Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

| July 13th, 2014 | 1,509 Views

I’m an adventurous eater. Anthony Bourdain type adventurous and will proudly brag that  Bizarre Food’s host Andrew Zimmern follows my personal (never updated) Twitter account.  But I’ve never had “Shark Fin Soup,” and after learning that the soup is hurting the shark population and big enough of a deal that ex Rockets Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo and Jeremy Lin would participate in a video against it, then I feel obligated to never order it if I come across it on a menu. I’ll even refuse to eat at the establishment that is serving the soup and then go find myself selling some good ole fashion Pho with oxtail and tripe – give me a break, the half Vietnamese in me loves this stuff.


Here’s the description about the video by one of the Executive Producers.

I had the opportunity to Executive Produce this spot for WildAid.org ‘s Eric Steinhauser and founder Peter Knight. It is a continuation of their campaign to save the world’s shark population from wasteful practices like “Shark Fin Soup” where only their fins are cut off and then the shark is tossed back in the ocean to drown.

Yao Ming, NBA great Dikembe Mutombo, and current NBA player Jeremy Lin starred.
This was shot in Houston with a cast of local Chinese actors and 99% crew and support services.

As the EP I would like to thank all the cast and crew for contributing so much of themselves. We had a cast that ranged from a 5 year old boy that was a natural at running the ball down the court and, if you can believe it, a 76 year old man that was running circles around the younger cast during the basketball drills.


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