Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Heard about Officer Bubbles?

He takes respect my authoritah to a whole new low.

Little girl blowing soap bubblesIt all started when Toronto Police Const. Adam Josephs was assigned crowd control duty at a G20-related protest, where he arrested a young woman (only slightly older than pictured at left) for assault; i.e., for for blowing soap bubbles. Next, a few people on the Internet heard about this and made "Officer Bubbles" cartoons and posted them on YouTube. And then a few more people made comments on those video pages. And then Josephs picked up his shovel and really started digging.

He began by filing a $1.2-million lawsuit against YouTube, apparently finding the only lawyer on the planet who could say with a straight face, "This level of ridicule goes beyond what is reasonable." He demanded that YouTube take the cartoons down. He demanded YouTube reveal the identity of the person who posted them. Oh, and it doesn't end there. He also demanded to know the real names of twenty-four commenters, so he can sue them, too.

Soap bubble bottles

His initial abuse of his police powers is bad enough, but you really have to wonder how anyone living in the Western world in the year 2010 does not get how everything he has done since then is even stupider. Both of the newspaper articles cited above report that the cartoons have been taken down by YouTube. That may have even been true for five or six minutes, but of course it is not any longer. And of course, there is now a "Fire Officer Bubbles" Facebook group. (Now with new and improved name!)

I don't know whether this clown is looking to cash in on his infamy by scoring his own reality teevee show, or if he is just bucking for a job with Joe Miller's securitah forces, but in any case, let's all teach Officer Bubbles the real meaning of the words Streisand Effect.

(h/t: Substance McGravitas || pic. sources: assassin | WMD)


Twin said...

Ooo, I like your little mouseover tip. Nice.

I've been using Overlib for years; not really thrilled about how it looks, though. Yours is much prettier; and I like how it fades in and out.

Gonna steal. :)

Twin said...

Correction: I guess it only fades in, not fades out.

Which raises the question: can something "fade" in?


Twin said...

Huh. Okay, nevermind. I realize now it's just an <abbr> tag with a title and some style attached, and the fading and distinctive appearance is built-in behavior of the Chrome browser.

I'm still getting used to Chrome's differences from IE, obvs...

Still: Nice work on your part figuring out you could attach a tool tip like that.