An artist’s conception of the terrorists
This is going to get interesting.
Turner was promoting Adult Swim’s animated television show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” in Boston and nine other cities, according to a statement e-mailed by Shirley Powell, a company spokeswoman.
“Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal law enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards,” the e-mail statement said. “We regret that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger.”
Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement that he was “deeply dismayed” by the “stunt.”
“I understand that Turner Broadcasting has purported to apologize for this,” Patrick said. “I intend nonetheless to consult with the Attorney General and other advisors about what recourse we may have.”
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino also blasted the company.
“I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the response to today’s incidents,” Menino said in a statement. “Boston will look to coordinate our efforts going forward with Cambridge, Somerville and any other affected agencies.”
“Aqua Teen Hunger Force” airs late at night and involves animated characters that are depicted as fast food products, including a ball of ground meat, French fries, and a milk shake.
The objects that had been placed on bridges and other infrastructure across the city are patterns of lighted dots in the shape of boxy characters on the cartoon show. The flashing lights are on black rectangles a little larger than laptops.