“…and we’re excellent spellers.”
Saw this on the news last night and it made me laugh, hard. A marketing campaign for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie was mistaken for terrorist devices in Boston yesterday.
It is funny. Seriously, it’s funny.
I imagine for some people it’s not funny, but then those are the people that fear that they are individually targeted by Osama Bin Laden and respond exactly as the BushGov wishes them to respond to the perpetual notion that the nation is going to be bombarded by Agent Orange and dirty bombs. It’s been… 5 years, and what’s happened since? A lot of paranoia, a whole bunch of arrests and deportations (whether justified or not, we rarely find out) and a big screw-job on the American public by their government. Keeping them in line with fear so that they don’t see how poorly things are really running. It’s not funny living in fear, I’ll grant you that.
But the reason this story is funny is because the Mooninite giving the finger to the news media that perpetually hyped the terrorist threat for hours upon hours yesterday is probably the single finest capper to a news story this decade (and notice that in the above linked article, the finger is blurred out… oh you wacky, wacky people). The media had this coming. Egg on the face of Fox News and CNN should only further prove (especially considering CNN’s ties to Turner) how silly these News stations get, and how much influence they have in working up the populace into a panic.
Anyway, this is some awesome promotion for the ATHF movie. Probably shouldn’t be repeated though.
Gizmodo shows us what the “device” actually looked like
Gothamist says the New York promotions were taken down, but with less fanfare (video also on page showing the placement of many of these guerrilla advertising signs)
“Boston officials could have avoided the emergency response drill if they only read bloggers or trolled Flickr”
The Daily News Editorial denounces the validity of urban marketing campaigns because someone overreacted. I’m sure if it was an advertisement for 24 or had the face of Jennifer Aniston, there would have been no reaction… but since it’s a niche-market character not widely recognized, well, ignorance played out as it did.
Suing Turner isn’t really the smart thing to do. Fining them for vandalizing, maybe, as this was, in essence a “high tech” (as “high tech” as a battery operated LED display can be) version of spraypaint tagging, but suing them for their own overreaction… well, I guess that’s the American way, isn’t it?
The implication that Turner intended to cause mass panic with “black boxes” is ignorant finger pointing. The quote above says it all. A quick google search would have solved a lot of problems.
Adult Swim apologizes to Boston…
Apparently they arrested the person who put up the signs in Boston… I don’t know, can you get arrested for graphitti?
“At some point, I’d love to see them arrest someone at Fox or CNN for inciting a panic before they have all the facts.”