Good Clean Fun
That Whole Austin Situation
The University of Kentucky Wildcats won a dramatic game against the Kansas Jayhawks Monday, 67-59, and secured the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball crown. That’s all well and good for basketball fans but the reason we’re talking about it at all is the awe-inspiring level of shenanigans that hit the streets of the usually sedate Lexington after the victory. There were streakers, burning couches and burning houses, according to reports from the scene. Rioters started bonfires in the street and generally behaved as if the city water supply had turned to pure moonshine by the time the game was over.
Monitoring events on the streets of Lexington went viral on Twitter. The hashtag #LexingtonPoliceScanner was a top trend on the social networking site for hours, tweets incorporating the tag often including links to online streams of Lexington Police scanner activity. Most reports heard over the scanner were colorful as opposed to disturbing:
For a few weeks every year, pity poor Austin, Texas, when South by Southwest results in the tragic occupation of the town by New York City’s hipster and media set. Even Jay-Z was taken aback by the way his hometown was essentially imported to the Lone Star State. Think of it as one big Friday Night Lights fetishist party, or the metropolitan intelligentsia version of Spring Break in Daytona Beach. As they network among the endless river of new media panels, music industry showcases, and food trucks, occasionally something interesting happens.
Like when a Harlem rap crew brought forth absolute chaos upon SxSW’s denizens last night at a VICE party. Naturally.
At last report most consumers have been waiting peacefully for Nike’s new limited-release Foamposite Galaxy basketball shoe, camping out on sidewalks in tents and sleeping bags. MyFoxPhilly reports someone wanted the $220 glow-in-the-dark shoes badly enough to offer to trade their 16-year-old Chevy Cavalier on Craigslist, which is kind of crazy, but not frightening.
However, according to multiple accounts on social media, the scrum for the Galaxy at Florida Mall in Orlando has been anything but peaceful:
In a video posted Sunday on a popular Youtube channel devoted to distributing its “Official Messages,” Anonymous addressed the people of Greece as well as the rest of the European Union. Narrating images from Athens in its usual synthesized, accent-free voice-over, the amorphous hacker collective denied it was behind the massive riots that rocked the country Sunday but expressed solidarity with Greeks impacted by the austerity measures, stating that the Greek government has “avoided the people’s requests” and “refused to listen to its people.”
As many as 2000 students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst rioted in the streets tonight following the New England Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the New York Giants. There were riot squads at the ready. Police used flashbangs and smoke bombs break up the action and supplemented with horseback officers who waded into the crowd gathered in student residential area. Police were on hand because reports indicate rioting in conjunction with major events is simply something students at UMass Amherst sometimes do:
Is it okay to apply some juvenile pranks to some juvenile pranksters? Because somebody just started doing that.
The upheaval, violence and riots in Egypt are immensely troubling.
Who’s responsible for this faux pas? Well, if those initials at the end are to be taken literally, it came straight from the BlackBerry of Kenneth Cole himself. A subsequent tweet indicated that the company wasn’t “intending to make light of a Read More