Damn those Moonites, always up to no good!
A few days back, a bit of a stir was created when Boston officials spotted blinking signs throughout the city and on a number of bridges and expressways. Apparently, in our post 9/11 world, the first conclusion the authorities jumped to was that they were bombs set by terrorists. The truth was a bit less extreme. Via Newsarama:
“Last night, fans of Adult Swim got a rather interesting surprise when they tuned in for their nightly dose of Futurama and more.
At 10:30 that evening, the adult-oriented animation network flashed an apology to the populace of Boston, Massachusetts regarding a PR stunt they did that went very, very wrong. It seemed some people in Beantown took the campaign as a terrorist threat.
As reported sometime back, as part of a campaign to promote the upcoming Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, Adult Swim came up with a new fangled technology featuring the ATHF’s nemeses the Moonites. Ignignokt and Err. It’s not confirmed, but Boston’s Museum of Science also started an exhibit on the techniques animation studios are using with more Adult Swim characters opened on Monday, January 29. The devices went live yesterday, January 31.
Apparently, some of the local populace didn’t get the joke. They mistook the devices for bombs.”
The same promotional gadgets were placed in a slew of other cities, but did not bring about the same response. I did enjoy the cast at Fox News attempting to explain exactly what Aqua Teen was however; it was classic comedy.
I understand siding with caution concerning unidentified objects on bridges and such, but did it cross anyone’s mind that a bomb would likely not have a set of flashing lights on it? And they probably would not have placed it where it would be clearly visible to passerby’s. Either every other city in America that had these signs needs to pay better attention to possible terrorist threats, or Boston needs to chill out just a bit.
Then I thought: how crazy would it be if Osama was a fan of Aqua Teen and decided to use their likeness as a symbol or mascot? Err giving America the finger takes on a whole new dynamic in that context.