When you’re America’s tallest man, you get used to sticking out, but that doesn’t mean you want to be compared to a fish.
That’s what happened recently to Igor Vovkovinskiy, 29, who at 7-feet, 8.33-inches is recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest man in the U.S.
Vovkovinskiy, who lives in Rochester, Minn., was watching the news on local CBS affiliate WCCO when they broadcast a story about a giant lake sturgeon that had been caught during by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources during its annual fishing survey.
The supersized sturgeon was 87.5 inches long and weighed more than 240 pounds, which is shocking enough, but Vovkovinskiy was even more surprised by what reporter Bill Hudson said next: “The fish is just slightly smaller than Igor Vovkovinskiy, Minnesota’s largest man.”
That made Vovkovinkskiy, frankly, mad as halibut.
“It’s demeaning being compared to a fish, especially because they used a clip from an earlier story by the station about me that was a meaningful human interest story,” Vovkovinskiy told The Huffington Post.
Being compared to a fish is bad enough, but Vovkovinskiy was also angered that the reporter referred to him as “Minnesota’s largest man.”
“I am America’s tallest man,” he said proudly. “There are people in Minnesota who are bigger — and weigh more — than me.”
Hudson said he meant no offense to Vovkovinskiy when he used his image in a story about a sturgeon, and was simply providing viewers with a visual image so they’d understand the size of the fish. …