The ten-alarm "terrorist" fire that the city of Boston thought it had on its hands yesterday turned out to be....
...a low-rent advertising campaign for Cartoon Network's Aqua Teen Hunger Force. As Toon Zone observed:
Just a mere six years ago it would have been unthinkable for a television cartoon to cause a citywide highway shutdown. Thanks to post-September 11th paranoia, our police are now summoned to settle issues that would previously have seemed asinine. Recently Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block decided to promote cult series Aqua Teen Hunger Force with electronic billboards placed around ten major cities in the United States including San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and most notably Boston. These advertisements featuring series antagonist Ignignokt prompted the Boston police department to shut down many of the city’s major thoroughfares on Wednesday.
The question that this crisis initially raised was whether or not these billboards were bombs. That should have been cause for caution, yet the police and the city government made no effort to research the cartoon character on the “bombs,” nor whether a license may have been obtained for their placement.
The second question brought up was whether or not this “hoax” was committed by a “some teenager,” or by Cartoon Network. This matter was quickly settled when Cartoon Network’s parent Turner Broadcasting issued a statement claiming responsibility for the advertisements. Massachusetts Representative Ed Markey placed the blame on Adult Swim....
Let's be clear here. These were advertisements for a frigging cartoon show. My sixteen-year-old could have clued the city fathers to what the hell was going on in five minutes. But these paranoid folks decided to do no research, do no thinking, and hit the panic button.
We're ruled by idiots. And Ed Markey, apparently, is one of them.