In 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.
As 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: Ã¢â‚¬Å“In this day and age, whenever anything remotely suspicious shows up, people get concerned Ã¢â‚¬â€ and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good. However, people donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to be concerned about this. These are cartoon characters giving the finger.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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.