Taylor Monreal’s dad Lionel had never done a backflip before—but that didn’t stop him from trying on Sunday after he had a few drinks. Fortunately, his daughter caught it all on camera in a hilarious video that’s now going viral on Twitter.
“My dad was drunk and wanted to prove to us he can do a backflip lol,” Taylor tweeted along with a clip of her dad’s attempted acrobatics. In the video, a fully-dressed Lionel boasts, “I should’ve been in the Olympics with this dive” before launching himself off the edge of the pool.
Instead of flipping over, though, Lionel simply flops onto his back with a giant splash after appearing to hang in the air for a few seconds.
According to Taylor, her dad was trying to impress her mom. “They’re divorced but they’re best friends,” she told BuzzFeed News, adding that “this isn’t the first time he’s done this. It’s just the first time I recorded him doing it.”
And people are loving Lionel’s performance, with the video already receiving over 2.2 million views and 188,000 likes. “All back… ZERO flip,” one person commented.
My dad was drunk and wanted to prove to us he can do a backflip lol pic.twitter.com/MEwjcpQFfp
— Taylor (@taymonnnzzz) May 6, 2019
A lot of viewers have been most impressed by Lionel’s positive attitude at the end, marked by his triumphant fist pump after his failed flip.
Nobody can tell him he didn’t do a backflip😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ZRlUDfZXk5
— kill.phill (@phillipnkolo) May 7, 2019
How does Lionel feel about his newfound Internet fame? Taylor explained to BuzzFeed News, “I told him, ‘I posted a video of you and it went viral,’ and he was like, ‘Heck yeah, people love my backflip,’ but he doesn’t really understand what that means.”