Cartoon Network’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force Attacks Boston With Marketing Scheme (Literally. There Were Bomb Squads And J. Harvey Couldn’t Even Get Off at His Freeway Exit. Assholes.)
Ok, so the Cartoon Network thought they’d try a “guerilla graffiti” campaign for their cartoon in several cities across the country this past week. And I guess the cartoon is pretty funny and ironic. Except when Bostonians <>don’t realize the devices being placed around the city on BRIDGES and OVERPASSES that have EXPOSED WIRES, BATTERIES, and LED READOUTS are supposed to quirky . And bitches (subway workers and old ladies who don’t get irony and hipster cartoons and faux-hipster marketing) start calling the police. And traffic gets stalled for hours. And the mayor freaks the f*ck out. It was anarchy!
Anyway, Turner Broadcasting got two starving artist dupes to put these things up all over the city, and all hell broke loose. Boston’s kinda paranoid post-9/11.
The deployment of scores of state, federal, and Boston police specialists, from bomb experts to terrorism analysts, exceeded $500,000, according to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
While police responded to the episode with swiftness and gravity, some Bostonians, especially younger adults, were amused by the spectacle and suggested authorities overreacted. But [DA Martha] Coakley said the placement of the devices, on key infrastructure points, like highway ramps and under bridges, alarmed even seasoned investigators.
Probably not an amazing use of common sense on Turner Broadcasting’s part. Or maybe it was, seeing as I’m not the only one who wrote about it. Nevertheless, stop f*cking up my commute, assholes.>