The black Lincoln Navigator parked outside the Boston Herald last Friday didn't belong to publisher Pat Purcell. The SUV - which was-a-bumping with the greatest hits of Michael Jackson - was deployed by Big City 101.3 Morning Mayhem host Asia Chandler and her posse of about 20 protesters who were enraged by the tabloid's less-than-sensitive Page One coverage.
"I'm from Mattapan, and I don't come into this part of town much," said a man who simply described himself as Boss. "But this is one of the few things that could get me out of the house. This is a different era - you can't just have racist shit like that on the cover of a newspaper - people have to build together."
Yelling "Honk if you hate the Herald" at passing drivers, the picketers (as you can see from the video) were hardly volatile. If anything, they were paying homage where they believed such sentiments were ignored. By the end of the day, the Herald even apologized; some onlookers, however, weren't completely satisfied.
"I'm offended as a comic," said Boston comedian Corey Manning. "There was no premise, and there was no punch. There were a lot of things they could have said about Michael, but this was a terrible attempt at being funny."