The head of Cartoon Network, Jim Samples, has submitted his resignation
in the wake of the Boston bomb scare sparked by an advertising campaign.
Just when you thought it was over . . . someone rigs up Mooninite whack a mole set, well . . . over near the Opera House by the looks of it. Genius.
In rushing to charge self-proclaimed “performance artists” Sean Stevens and Peter Berdovsky with disorderly conduct and placing a hoax device, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office violated a cardinal rule of the criminal-justice system. To ensure fair enforcement of the law, prosecutors are supposed to move slowly and deliberately, unlike police and anti-terror squads facing potentially time-sensitive public-safety concerns, and news media facing deadlines and competitive pressures.
Got a cause? Night duders Peter Berkovsky and Sean Stevens are your poster boys. Need a couple of smirking, authority-defying artists behind which to hide your embarrassing law-enforcement and new-judgment calls, Mayor Menino and Channel Five? The cunning Berkovsky and Stevens are right out of central casting. Need help getting out your viral-marketing campaign? I know two starving wannabe artists with time on their hands who’ll do it for only $300 apiece.
One among dozens of small gestures of solidarity with the artists behind the Mooninite scare was captured on video last evening by our own K. Bonami. Tipped off by a prominent local video artist, she showed up in Central Square just in time to catch a projection that included clips from Aqua Teen Hunger Force as well as the Mooninite catch-phrase "I'm Doing This As Hard As I Can," which seems on pace to replace "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" as the universal geek code for "You been pwned."
Call it the Big Chill: after the events of the past 48 hours, would any self-respecting public artist want to exhibit anything that might be mistaken for, erm, a bomb? Hellz no. So count the easter bunny -- sort of -- as the latest casualty of Boston's Aqua Teen Hunger Farce. The following came in via email from Louisville-based artist Jeffrey Scott Holland, who had been planning a public-art exhibit here this spring.
So when, and how, did the cops figure out that one man's IED is another man's marketing campaign? The answer appears to be: from a comic-book shop, around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Erin Scott, a store manager for the New England Comics chain, says the police told her that a tip she placed to the Boston Police's non-emergency line was used to help investigators (who were scouring the internet) corroborate the fact that the city was not under attack by terrorists, but instead was being heinously marketed to by performance artists armed with lite-brite boards.