Open Forum Friday: Al Qaeda Teen Hunger Force?

Aqua Teen Hunger Force BombIn these post 9/11 times, it’s safe to say we live in a much more complicated world. Terror seems to be consistently right around the corner, and the govenment and news media are constantly reminding us of just how close we are to total disaster. But even with all of the lessons the United States of America learned on that horrifying day, one thing still remains unchanged…people are fucking idiots.

As many of you probably have heard, there was a massive terror alert in Boston Wednesday when ‘suspicious devices’ were discovered scattered across the city. Immediately, the authorities took action. The media was alerted, and the Mayor even held a live press conference, easing the nerves of his confused and frightened city. The reports claimed that the devices seemed to contain parts that are known to be used in the creation of crude bombs. The mysterious symbol on the front of the package seemed to be a mark of sorts, connecting all of the devices to this one major, possibly dangerous, event. Reporters excitedly scrambled to the scene, filming the arrival of bomb squads in an attempt to express the sense of confusion and mayhem that hit the city so abruptly. As the day went on, reports started coming in that there were no definitive conclusions as to whether or not these devices were actual weapons of minor destruction. I can see the reporters secretly crossing their fingers now…”God forbid it’s not a terrorist attack…but if it is, I SMELL PULITZER!” Meanwhile, all of the stay at home Mom’s and their dirty children had something to watch during Montel’s commerical breaks. The whole country was on the edge of their seat waiting for the grand finale. What they got was an ending even more embarrassing than Spielberg’s A.I.

Bomb ScareAs most of you probably know, the planted devices were actually LED displays which light up in the shape of Ignignokt and Err, characters from the popular Adult Swim cartoon series ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’. The signs were designed for promotional purposes and placed around Boston, intended as advertisements for the upcoming release of the ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ feature film. That’s right, the authorities mistook glorified Light Brights as BOMBS. Once they figured it all out, the whole situation was referred to as a ‘terrorist hoax’. What? A hoax? I don’t think these signs were ever intended to pass as destructive devices. These signs were displayed in 9 different cities, and Boston was the only one to scream terror. Sure, it may be due to the fact that 9/11 essentially began in Boston’s airport, but come on! A Seattle police commissioner put it best: “In this day and age, whenever anything remotely suspicious shows up, people get concerned — and that’s good. However, people don’t need to be concerned about this. These are cartoon characters giving the finger.”

What a fucking joke. Sure, better safe then sorry is a great motto to live by, but I can’t even fathom how this sort of reaction possibly could’ve escalated to the scale it did. High ranking officials failed to see the humour in the event, reminding us that such a disruption is a waste of the emergency services time. What if a true emergency had been happening at the same time they were dismantling these signs? Well that’s EXACTLY what people should be asking the Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. It was the Boston Police Department that decided that this was a level red threat, and it was their choice to dedicate their resources to squashing this ‘threat’. So yes, there is a chance that other emergencies may not have been addressed due to the lack of available services that day, but that’s the fault of the people who shot first and asked questions later. Not the fault of two men who were just hanging signs.

Speaking of those two men…Peter Berdovsky, 27, and Sean Stevens, 28 were released on bail after a court hearing in which they pled not guilty to placing a hoax device and disorderly conduct. Apparently the giggles coming from within the courtroom were a sign of how truley ridiculous this whole thing was. What a waste of time. Boston authorities should be embarrassed. What do you guys think? Should these men and the Cartoon Network be held responsible for their actions? Or did the city of Boston completely overreact? Also, do you think this will hurt or help the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.

  • Chian

    heres a vid of the guys video taping themselves putting it up.

  • That press conference was gold.

  • Aaron Moore

    It amazes me that there exist a group of people to come up with thoughts even dumber then ATHF. I love that tv show, and the idiocy of Boston will keep me laughing for many weeks to come. I think th is is the best possible advertising I’ve ever heard of. This is seriously hilarious. This is more stupid then Tara Banks pissing herself out of fear while posing as a 14 year old girl on myspace. What a bunch of morons, this event will probably make my list of the most hilarious things in 2007, if not the winning event.

  • this has become my favourite news story since mj dangled blanket off a balcony. athf is da bomb!!

  • I cannot believe I live in a country where a prank that ends up being some kind of viral ad for what probably will be a horrible movie can get two idiots charged. In-freaking-sane. We have idiots in Congress making back door deals and laundering money but we spend time and energy on this … and let the ews outlets glorify “post 9-11″ fears.

  • thesnowleopard

    Crazy story, but why did you need to take a cheap shot at Speilberg’s A.I.???

  • Sorry, I actually didn’t mind A.I., but that ending was a little wack.

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  • Ian

    This is kind of funny but also pretty sad and to be honest I feel like Harry Callahan in The Enforcer saying: “I’m just trying to figure out if the law was broken.”

  • Henrik

    This is ridiculous. I did like A.I. comment though…

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  • The man

    Mission acomplished.

    You can’t buy advertisement like that. It reminds me of that twilight zone episode “The Monsters on Maple ST”. In that show aliens man people turn on each other by populating their environment very subtle ways. Like turn off their electricity in some house and leaving it on in others. Flashing weird lights in the sky. And convincing them that their was an alien among them.

    Good Job.

  • Goon

    jay just posting where you would see this – did you watch the Sarah Silverman TV show debut episode? its on all the torrent sites now. has a few of the mr show cast on there. havent watched it yet but i’ll let you know.

  • No, is it a talk show?

  • Goon

    no im pretty sure its a variety/sketch show.

  • Goon

    one more thing since i have your attention – TV on the Radio is playing at the Warehouse in toronto in early March. you missed your chance last time but dont this time. they were good. i dont know who’s opening.

  • Yeah, luckily Sean and Alicia got me tickets for that show for my birthday. Are you going?

  • Goon

    yes indeed.

  • Chris

    Those reporters have got to start being concerned with the important stories. I am a huge, HUGE,aqua teen fan… I really wish they would of showed the pictures while I was watching on TV cause I would have cried from laughing so hard. Now I am canadian but I follwed the 9/11 attacks harshly and dare say, it felt sorrow for the victims. MOVE ON!!! My grandfather died last month and I moved on. LED pictures… and an enitre city freaks, and then a couple more terror capitals. Its gotta stop, I go to work, I come home and I dont think, well I better have an evacuation plan out of my apartment building. Its 2007 and the only reason we talk about terror attacks is its good TV and fear is a huge political asset. Fear not my friends, Aqua teen will live on… so will you. Oh, the dreads should stay. Im not going to say that americans are unintelligent because their not, but you guys have got to stop being so scared. Everyones scared of you. They destroy two of your buildings, you destroy their country. Nobody’s gonna do that again. If that came off mean, Im sorry. I am one of the diminishing numbers of Canadians who still see america as our best friend, not a neighbour who invites everyone else to their party but us. Good luck…. And what ever happened to Dr. Weird?

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