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Hair Questions Only Please

I don’t know if anyone saw the guys that put up the guerrilla marketing LED devices all over Boston give their press conference, but I would highly recommend it, because it’s a total riot. Click on the “TOP VIDEO” link on that story. If I can find a better video feed, I will post it. Looks like their attorney advised them to say nothing about the case, and they decided to have a bit of fun with the press:

“I feel like my hair is pretty perfect but altogether I want to redirect this to the haircuts of the ’70s,” Berdovsky said, ignoring reporters’ shouts.“I really like the one where the hair curls around to the back,” Stevens replied.

“Oh yeah, that one’s so hot,” Berdovsky then responded.

Frustrated reporters, trying to get the pair to respond to serious questions about the incident that at one point involved the participation of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, finally tossed a question that gave one of them cause to reflect.

When asked whether they were afraid their hair might be cut if they are sent to prison, Berdovsky stopped his rant and answered, “Whatever happens I feel that my hair is safe at the moment.”

Kudos to them for treating this like the steaming pile of bullshit that it is. The only people at fault here are the authorities for overreacting. People should be pissed at their government, not these two guys. It should be obvious to anyone who doesn’t have severe brain damage (i.e. not Boston and Massachusetts politicians) that these devices were NOT bombs, and were not intended to be threatening:

“It’s clear the intent was to get attention by causing fear and unrest that there was a bomb in that location,” Assistant Attorney General John Grossman said at their arraignment.The surreal series is about a talking milkshake, a box of fries and a meatball. The network is a division of Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc.

The 1-foot tall signs, which were lit up at night, resembled a circuit board, with protruding wires and batteries. Most depicted a boxy, cartoon character giving passersby the finger — a more obvious sight when darkness fell.

“It is outrageous, in a post 9/11 world, that a company would use this type of marketing scheme,” Menino said Wednesday. “I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the response to today’s incidents.”

You’ve got to be kidding me? Mumbles Menino can go to hell and so can the Massachusetts AAG. I don’t think their charges of planting a hoax device will stick, and I really hope they go after these clowns for malicious prosecution. If you live in Massachusetts, and you like it there, I think you need to lay off the crack. At the very least, you need to start electing better people to run your government.

UPDATE: Bruce at mAssBackwards makes a really good point.  But first instincts, I would think, is that a brightly colored LED display with a cartoon like figure on it is not, in fact, a terrorist explosive device, and maybe out to be checked out, but not create absolute panic.  Bruce does have a good point, though, and I’ll agree that being cautious and checking out the devices was warranted.  But I still strongly comdemn the Boston authorities reaction in the aftermath.  Plus Turner came forward and claimed responsbility for the signs, and they were ignored!  Then the city went ape shit and starting throwing bogus charges around.

5 Responses to “Hair Questions Only Please”

  1. Brad says:

    Opie and Anthony were totally ripping on Mumbles this morning on the radio. They played a recent “State of the City” address he gave, where he butchers the town’s name (“Bofston”), English grammar (“by open a child’s mind, open their worlds”) and generally makes a complete idiot out of himself.

    Boston, you get exactly what you deserve for keeping this complete bozo in office for the last 15 years. At least in Philadelphia, we have term limits to keep our idiots in check.

  2. Sebastian says:

    Yay for term limits!

  3. Jeff says:

    One of the best press conferences ever. I kinda feel sorry for thier poor lawyer, Looked like those guys were really enjoying it.
    I hadn’t known that those things were up for 3 weeks! That menino idiot has just given them maximum publicity for free, and ensured that he is going to look like a total douche.

    How the Hell does that thing look like a bomb anyway?

  4. Alcibiades says:

    Some newshead was commenting on how the boxes had all the components of a bomb, except, of course, for the explosive. That basically leaves batteries and wires. Gee, I don’t know where you would find those.

    Now I want my own LED boards and set them up with playful insults.

  5. straightarrow says:

    Menino would be an idiot ………..if he was smarter.

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