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Thursday, February 1, 2007

That’s Not a Hair Question…

posted by on February 1 at 12:27 PM

Perhaps you heard on yesterday’s news how two guys (Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens) were hanging up blinking electronic signs to promote the new Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie in Boston—and caused a city-wide terrorism-fueled panic. The two were arrested, spent the night in jail, and today gave the most hilarious press conference in the history of humankind. Check out how freaking IRATE these b-hole reporters get when all the suspects want to talk about is “Famous Hairstyles of the 1970s.”
Seriously, this is the funniest a guy wearing dreadlocks has ever been.

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This should be essential viewing for anybody who thinks they might be interviewed by FOX News. Ironically, it was FOX's own favorite president ever, G.W. Bush, who truly perfected this "pretend to answer questions from reporters while really only talking about what you want to talk about" method. But these guys have taken it to a whole new level.

Posted by flamingbanjo | February 1, 2007 12:40 PM

These guys are complete fucking geniuses. "That's not a hair question!" Geniuses.

Posted by The CHZA | February 1, 2007 12:43 PM

This totally made my day, and I may only say that phrase once a year.

Posted by John | February 1, 2007 12:44 PM

This is the most brilliant marketing campaign ever. It tells a story about Aqua Teen's relationship to the state, the media, and it's audience. They are geniuses.

Have you seen that show? It's frickin' fantastic. It's a cartoon about a meatball, a soda pop and some french fries who all have superpowers and steal from their white trash neighbor. One is a black marxist, one is a stupid, cracker, greedy, capitalist, and the other is a gay passivist-socialist. They hide out on Cartoon Network where no one will notice their political agenda.

Posted by morgan | February 1, 2007 12:48 PM

that's good stuff. i love the be "ALERT" flashing light. boston PD must feel ridiculous.

Posted by konstantconsumer | February 1, 2007 12:51 PM

I live/work in Boston about 2 miles away from the main incident in question. This whole thing is both a laugh and embarrassment.

Boston cops can barely keep drunk college kids from rioting after Patriot's games or gang members from killing each other in Roxbury and Dorchester, but they sure can repond in FORCE to a few ILBD's (Improvised Lite Brite Devices).

The press conference is funny, but so is this:

Posted by boston hearts seatac | February 1, 2007 12:57 PM

What a wonderful test of the Boston Emergency system. Seriously, Boston has something to be proud of.

Posted by Ariel | February 1, 2007 1:04 PM

it is like watching an episonde of ATHF...only it is MORE absurd.

ps to boston: you guys are so fucked if this is the way your police force responds. (didnt they check with ANYONE before blowing shit up?!)

Posted by tenspeed | February 1, 2007 1:07 PM

This metafilter thread has lots of great links on this story including myspace pages. Before we get too caught up laughing at Boston, rember our own wacky over the top response to Jason Sprinkle.

Posted by blinkenlight | February 1, 2007 1:07 PM

Meatwad's Gay? I'd hit it!

Posted by dj girth | February 1, 2007 1:08 PM

Oh man, from the first news reports I thought these were like mysterious boxes with small flashing lights on them, but the things are just flat plates with a picture drawn in lite-brite. The only way I could see this being charged as anything but low level vandalism is if they themselves made panic calls to the police.

I enjoyed the way FOX subverted the "gravity" of their own reporters by showing the video of the folks putting up the silly Spongebob-like art on the buildings.

The reporters made themselves look foolish by continuing to ask bomb questions after the two guys have already made clear they aren't going to say anything connected the arrest and are standing there with their lawyer.

Posted by miror | February 1, 2007 1:12 PM

#4: A soda Pop?! His name is "shake", ok? He's a goddam milkshake. I don't think this could be any more obvious.

Posted by cpt. obvious | February 1, 2007 1:14 PM

Reporter: "Have they been advised to act like they're not taking this seriously?"

"That's ALSO not a hair question."

Posted by pffft | February 1, 2007 1:15 PM

I have to admit, this event has sparked a new passion in me for Lite-Bright. Time to raid my mom's attic!

Posted by Hernandez | February 1, 2007 1:17 PM

I feel like my hair is pretty perfect!

Posted by imaginary dana | February 1, 2007 1:17 PM

ho nuva level

but seriously - how does this relate to skinny, blond, bellevue bimbos in SUV's babbling on their phones?

Posted by pffft | February 1, 2007 1:18 PM

Right, Shake, I forgot. Anyway, those guys are brilliant.

Posted by Morgan | February 1, 2007 1:23 PM

@4: One is a black marxist, one is a stupid, cracker, greedy, capitalist, and the other is a gay passivist-socialist.

First, see #12. He's a shake. Second, you really think Meatwad's a gay passivist-socialist? YOU ACTUALLY TAKE A CARTOON SERIOUSLY ENOUGH TO LABEL A BALL OF MEAT THIS WAY? His name's Meatwad. His brain is made of plastic, and it's removable. He can shapeshift into a hotdog or igloo. How seriously do you plan to take the shape-shifting toy-brain having ball of meat?

Posted by switzerblog | February 1, 2007 1:24 PM

none of those are hair questions.

Posted by gforce | February 1, 2007 1:29 PM

When Meatwad was selling hair extensions to make money to buy his car, he was shown actually wearing them. What the heck did he attach them to?

There. Criteria met. :-)

Posted by switzerblog | February 1, 2007 1:44 PM

thanks. let's keep it on-topic, for the integrity of the discussion...

Posted by gforce | February 1, 2007 1:48 PM

The press conference is funny, but so is this:

Dude, wasn't that flame jacket chick on "What Not To Wear"?

These guys are awesome. The BPD are morons. And everyone TOTALLY overreacted! Geezus!

Posted by Faux Show | February 1, 2007 1:50 PM


"they have smiles on there faces"

" are you afraid if you go to prison , you'll have to get your hair cut"

"when did the hippy hairstyle come into be?"

This is the most hilariuos stuff i seen on a breaking news report ever. The Daily show couldn't have come up with something better than this PR.

These guys are good. This is a over reaction like when we americans thought the Martians were coming to attack after that Orson wells broadcast of not too long ago.

Posted by Damien | February 1, 2007 2:05 PM

Firstly, you may call me Meatwad, secondly, do you really think ATHF doesn't have a political agenda?

Posted by Morgan | February 1, 2007 2:13 PM

Some balls on those guys. I went to BU. Anal retentive and majorly passive-agressive in that town (you'd think Seattle was the pinnacle of passive-agressive, but it's not even a contest).

Their lawyer blows me away. Did they let Turner hire them a lawyer?

Posted by dwb | February 1, 2007 2:22 PM

These guys did a great job for their lawyer. They shut the fuck about anything to do with the case, but they didn't run and hide. And their lawyer did a good job for them by not implying they had things to hide by stepping to take over for them.

I just cant believe that FOX ran it, especially with the footage of the truly innocent looking bright-lite pieces.

Posted by mirror | February 1, 2007 2:58 PM

It probably helps their confidence that Adult Swim had filed for permits with the city well in advance of the stunt...

Posted by Peter | February 1, 2007 3:07 PM

I CANNOT believe he said "Hair today, gone tomorrow."

I might very well die laughing.

Posted by Gloria | February 1, 2007 3:12 PM

@24: Political bent, yes. Agenda, no. A: what concerns me the most is that you actually went to the trouble of giving them complex labels, but B: you misidentified Meatwad. There isn't a socialist um, bone-ish substance in him. He's as much a greedy capitalist as Shake.

Posted by switzerblog | February 1, 2007 3:13 PM

Also @24: OTOH, I'm hounding you about it, so I guess we're even! :-)

Posted by switzerblog | February 1, 2007 3:18 PM

I think they are all manifestations of self-loathing alter-egos of the creators. Meatwad is self loathing because he's stupid and materialistic, but he's better at sharing than any of the other characters. Anyway, who cares, the show is a brilliant critique of capitalism and American cluture, AND it's on cartoon Network. I don't have cable but a comrade used to send me tapes of ATHF and the Daily Show, he taped these over his porn for me. That is all I have to say.

Posted by Morgan | February 1, 2007 3:20 PM

Remember that a Boston cop killed a young woman celebrating the Red Sox World Series victory in 2004.

Posted by DOUG. | February 1, 2007 3:41 PM


Sweet baby Jebus, I haven't seen the press totally PWN3D like this, ever. Awesome job guys!

Posted by SDA in SEA | February 1, 2007 3:54 PM

Those things we're put all of San Francisco the same day. Citywide consensus was pretty much, "check that out, sweet!"

There's even a 15 foot tall one on a billboard right by my house, and it is very sweet.

Posted by Dougsf | February 1, 2007 4:13 PM

#4 - You should consider snagging some to sell on eBay:

Posted by Peter | February 1, 2007 4:33 PM

Here's a more complete video, without the fox voice-over:

Posted by opticsdoug | February 1, 2007 5:06 PM

It has been suggested that Meatwad, Master Shake, and Frylock correspond roughly to Freud's Id, Ego, and Super Ego. And if any of them is gay, it's Frylock. Anyway, I think this media spectacle is WAY better than the most recent season, and probably better than the movie's gonna be too.

Posted by tryx | February 1, 2007 5:12 PM

Fine, I've only seen five episodes so I'm clearly not an ATHF expert. I'm probably projecting my own objectives; I have a huge crush on Meatwad. Wait, is Meatwad a boy or a girl?

Posted by Morgan | February 2, 2007 12:40 AM

In whose corn syrup-fueled imaginations could these lit-up cartoons flipping the bird be considered "bomblike?"

Somebody set us up the Lite-Brite. Yeesh.

Posted by Crow | February 2, 2007 7:44 AM

@18 Don't sell Meatwad short; he can also turn into Abraham Lincoln holding a samurai sword.

Posted by Ridin' In His Car, Living Like A Star, Ice On His Fingers On His Toes And On His Toys... | February 2, 2007 9:57 AM

@39 Yeah Crow!!

Somebody set us up the Lite-Brite.

I want that on a T-shirt!

Posted by Cafe Press, Here I Come | February 2, 2007 9:59 AM

Orson Welles would be laughing his considerable ass off right now!

Posted by waferthinmint | February 3, 2007 2:58 PM

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