Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and Interference Inc. have agreed to pay $2 million to settle the shit storm about their “blinking-lights-about-town” marketing campaign for “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie.” Never mind the fact that they ran similar campaigns in nine other cities including New “Hey, we were the ones who actually got attacked you dump fucks” York.
I try not to mix politics with this blog, but I have to say, this is fucking stupid. How fucked are we if blinking Lite-Brite aliens giving the finger can inspire terror! Have you seen the fucking things?! I see an alien flipping the bird. Where’s the bomb? If it was a bomb, do you think the terrorists would really draw attention to the things with lights? If New York ignored the things, a city that has actually been targeted by terrorists, what the fuck is up with Boston! Double dumb ass on you lot. I could understand if there were little boxes all over the city with a blinking light, but for fuck’s sake, IT’S FUCKING LITE-BRITE! Boston, you got yourself some easy money.
But my big beef isn’t with the city of Boston. They were honestly doing what they thought was best. And really, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’ve got a mad on for the Bush administration. For all their talk of making America more secure, all they’ve managed to do is make us afraid of each other. If you saw these lights around your city on September 10, 2001, you’d look at them and either laugh or walk on by. You might even think them clever pieces of viral marketing or some strange kind of performance art. Not today. Today, it would be perfectly understandable if you caught a quick glimpse of a blinking light and run to your nearest Homeland Security officer. Holy fuck! We’re being attacked by bombs in plain the fuck sight!
I’m not saying we should throw caution to the wind. This is a new era and terrorism is a growing concern. But there’s caution and there’s panic. And in my estimation, Boston’s reaction was clearly the latter. We can’t let fear control our lives. I understand that these are fairly shitty times. But every time we give in to fear, even just a little, the terrorist win. Don’t let those fuckers scare us!