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February 5, 2007

Turner to Pay $2,000,000 Over Aqua Teen Flap

One of the dumbest stories to come out of the news last week involved the city of Boston going crazy over potential terrorist activities that turned out to be guerrilla advertising for the Adult Swim cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force.  The show - easier to watch than describe - is about the adventures of anthropomorphic fast food.  There is Frylock, a floating box of french fries, Master Shake, a large obnoxious milk shake, and Meatwad, who is more than just the pattie he appears to be.  He can change shape into an igloo, a hot dog, and more recently, a meat statue of Abraham Lincoln.

The devices that caused most of Boston to shut down consisted of circuit boards with LEDs in the shape of show characters.  About 20 of these were placed in various parts of Boston and other cities such as Chicago and San Francisco.  No one outside of Boston seemed to notice them, at least to the point where they seemed threatening.

Most disturbing to Boston were the images of the Mooninites (Ignignokt and Err) who are prone to obnoxious behavior and insulting hand gestures.  One has to ask, in a College town, hasn't anyone seen this show?  A little overreaction, perhaps, to shutting down roads over something such as this?  Anyone who has seen the show has to wonder.

As it turns out, Turner Broadcasting, owner of Cartoon Network and home of Adult Swim is paying Boston and Massachusetts some $2,000,000 to compensate them for their trouble.  Actually, this is cheap compared to bringing publicity to a show that runs on late night cable for about 12 minutes a pop.  And come to think of it, there is an Aqua Teen movie coming out on March 23rd.  $2,000,000 is cheap for that kind of publicity.  Perhaps Turner can arrange for the movie to premier in Boston.  That would be the ultimate joke.

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