Seriously, I mean it — what the hell is wrong with the entire damned city?
You shut down your expressways and subways because of electronic LED signs that have been in place for weeks — and then arrest and charge the two employees of Cartoon Network who put them there?
Here’s a particularly useful comment from a Bostonian official.
“It is outrageous, in a post 9/11 world, that a company would use this type of marketing scheme,” Mayor Thomas Menino said. “I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred.”
Here’s what he’s responding to, in our “post 9/11 world”. The image is of the Mooninite Err from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. There’s a movie due out soon (yay!) and the signs are advertising gimmicks for it.
Sure as hell looks like a bomb to me, Bucky! Better call the cops just to be sure!
But wait … there’s more. These little gadgets aren’t new in any sense of the term; in fact, they’ve been in place for weeks.
As soon as Turner realized the Boston problem around 5 p.m., it said, law enforcement officials were told of their locations in 10 cities where it said the devices had been placed for two to three weeks: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Austin, Texas, San Francisco and Philadelphia. […]
In Seattle and several suburbs, the removal of the signs was low-key. “We haven’t had any calls to 911 regarding this,” Seattle police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said Wednesday.
Looks to me like Bostonians have twice the face-egg as the citizens of these more relaxed communities. In fact, it looks to me like the two men who’ve been nicked and arraigned for this have grounds to file one hell of a wrongful arrest suit against the Bostonian PD, given that the entire rest of the universe is apparently capable of recognizing a joke when they see it.
Of course, given the way Orson Welles was pilloried for his Halloween night radio show version of War of the Worlds, I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising that (1) people are insanely stupid and likely to panic over absolutely nothing at all; and (2) stupid people, rather than take a lesson for being so damned useless, tend to blame the people who they think scared them.
Listen, Boston (and that includes your mayor): You are the idiots who overreacted to this. Suck it up. Deal with it. And learn from it.
And as for the rest of us: LED signs aren’t bombs. And they’re not to be concerned about. Let’s spend a little more time and effort focusing on the really scary shit out there, like our largely-unprotected freight harbors and railway system; and the retard in Washington that seems to be hell-bent on attacking Iran.
UPDATE: This page has an article with many reader comments on it; this is the best of the lot, I think.
Our grandparents marched into hailstorms of gunfire on a mission to save the world. We run away screaming from cartoon characters. — Grombar
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