October 15, 2012
WELCOME BACK CARTER: Actual, 1979-era headline at the Drudge Report: HUNDREDS OF SKATEBOARDERS RUN WILD IN L.A., TRASH BUSINESSES…
Wow, were Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta there, too? Were there guys pulling off rad, gnarly moves wearing Devo hats? In any case, how many centuries will it take for the 1970s to run their course in California?
UPDATE: The story gets even better: The Vine Theater, ground zero for Saturday’s Night’s skateboard riot, was also ground zero for an entirely different — or is it? — riot. Or as Wikipedia notes:
The video production, “Innocence of Bin Laden” was advertised in the Anaheim-based newspaper Arab World during the months of both May and June. The advertisement cost $300 to run three times in the paper and was paid by an individual identified only as “Joseph”. The advertisements were noted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), whose Islamic affairs director stated, “When we saw the advertisement in the paper, we were interested in knowing if it was some kind of pro-jihadist movie.” Brian Donnelly, a guide for a Los Angeles based tour of famous crime scenes who noticed the poster advertising at the Vine Theater, said, “I didn’t know if it was a good thing or a bad thing. We didn’t know what it was about because we can’t read Arabic.”The earlier version of the film was screened once at the Vine Theater of June 23, 2012 to an audience of only ten people. The film had no subtitles and was presented in English. An employee of the theater stated, “The film we screened was titled The Innocence of Bin Laden,” and added that it was a “small viewing.”
Who knew that chanting “Death to the Infidels!” and “Totally radical, dude!” could be so interchangeable?