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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Mooninites...so not funny!

This morning the city of Boston was thrown into quite the panic state as weird electrical circuit board looking things were found in spots near bridges and highways around the city. Not knowing what they were, the bomb squad was called, highways and the Sullivan Square T-station were closed down, and the traffic situation was thrown into complete chaos. People had to walk to work, people were stuck outside the city with no way to get into town, and in general a whole big mess of chaos ensued. Kinda like one of those scenes from 24 only without the nuclear bomb.

So what was it? A freaking publicity stunt for the upcoming TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. So not funny. I mean, yeah it's funny if you live in Seattle and can laugh about it while working from home, but if you're a working stiff in Boston and need to get to your job for a paycheck, or because you add value to our economy in the service industry, or even if you are a nurse, doctor, or other health care professional, it isn't funny at all. Shutting down a major highway in a large city for a publicity stunt is not amusing. Especially for those that were penalized for lost wages. Not a joke. Not at all.

Turner Broadcasting, the sponsor of this stupidity, later apologized, but you gotta wonder if they are going to pay all the lost wages, plus the cost of the first responders throughout the city, the cost to the MBTA for lost income due to the subway shutdown, etc. I highly doubt it. What a bunch of freaking morons their marketing department must be.

Of course, you can already buy the t-shirts.

I can't wait to see the Globe coverage tomorrow. That has got to be funny. I don't think that the stunt was at all amusing, but the city did overreact to the suspicious package thing. I think we're all just hoping to continue to live in fear. Mumbles called the packages a bomb several times.

Yes, the city overreacted to the lightbright devices found around the city. But on the other hand, what did the idjits at Turner Broadcasting expect? You put strange looking electrical packages under bridges and highways around the city and everyone is supposed to know that it's a joke? I don't think so.

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Blogger eema said...

The joke is that these things have been sitting around for THREE weeks. Sounds like slow over-reaction. I'm sure people's wages are not going to get re-imbursed, and hopefully people were able to figure out other ways to get to work.

31/1/07 9:04 PM  
Blogger BSumner said...

I am only slightly amused by the fact that they were there for so long without any worry prior to this. It HAS to be super embarrassing for the local authorities, no?

I also don't understand why they arrested that guy or on what charges since he was only doing what he was hired to do. Had it been a tiny little company or the creators of the cartoon itself, maybe. But it was Turner Broadcasting for god's sake and the guy was doing what they told him to do.

ANd yeah yeah... "if Turner told you to jump off a bridge..." and all that.

1/2/07 12:55 AM  
Blogger eema said...

That arrest is pretty stupid-- not only scapegoating but something to make the authorities feel like they're really on their game. I think they should be embarassed too. There's no one on the staff who's EVER seen that show?? They need to diversify their staff clearly.

Its a joke that was taken as a joke in 10 other cities.

1/2/07 6:58 AM  

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