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Aqua Teen Terror Force: Revenge of the Mooninites

Oh, my goodness—what some awesome publicity for Meatwad, Frylock, and the gang.

Err the MooniniteAs you might be aware by now, in Boston, that greatest patriot among American cities, last week an outdoor marketing campaign for the hilariously quirky and irreverent cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force was mistaken by authorities for a terror explosives plot.

The campaign consisted of a series of roadside advertisements depicting Err the Mooninite, the show’s maladroit villain from the Digital Realm, in a LiteBrite-like design, “flipping the bird” to passersby. Apparently a number of Bostonians voiced to the authorities their concerns that the devices might conceivably be terrorist bombs. Not that al-Qaeda is famous for working in LiteBrite, but, you know, you can’t be too careful in this “post 9-11 world,” as Boston’s mayor has observed.

For those who might not be familiar, Aqua Teen Hunger Force generally focuses on the exploits of roommates Frylock, Shakezula, and Meatwad—offbeat caricatures of the components of a fast food “value meal”—and their overweight, underbathed, and sexually deviant slum-neighbor Carl. For a number of years the show has enjoyed widespread popularity among the international youth for its zany premise and surrealist humor.

According to CNN, Assistant Attorney General John Grossman astutely noted that, had the devices been explosives, they might have blown up, causing damage to the city’s transportation infrastructure.

Very true. Thankfully, about all of Boston that has been damaged is the outside world’s confidence in its sanity.

Marketers Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens were arrested and later released for having induced such a state of panic in Beantown. At a subsequent press conference, the dastardly duo made every effort to keep things on topic, the topic being hairstyles of the 1970s.

Their handiwork had led Boston police to close down sections of roadways, to suspend rail services, and even to disable marine traffic on a portion of the Charles River, according to The Guardian Unlimited.

Turner Broadcasting, which owns rights to Aqua Teen Hunger Force through its Cartoon Network, has agreed to pay $2 million to the City of Boston and the Department of Homeland Security. Way to score, boys—just when we thought the DHS wasn’t really serious about stopping “terror.”

In the mainstream media, much scorn has been levelled at the Aqua Teen marketers for using these magnetic illuminated signs in such a “hoax.” How in the hell these patently silly blinking signs could ever have been mistaken for bombs by people possessed of even marginal judgment skill has yet to be satisfactorily explained.


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  1. raincoaster said, on 2/10/07 at 9:19 pm

    Why is no one mentioning the obvious? Had the devices been winged ponies, they would have flown away and constituted a threat to local aviation!

    Where is the justice in all this? Where are the Seventies Hairstyles?

  2. Curtis said, on 2/11/07 at 11:04 pm

    Maybe it’s because the threat is too uncomfortable even to ponder. :-)

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