So LA Times newsracks were wired to play the Mission: Impossible theme in an obnoxious new publicity stunt, and LA bomb squads were called in to blow up the newsracks when people saw the wires and suspected bombs.
Hilarious, right? Well, is it still hilarious when it results in not only the waste of taxpayer dollars and the diversion of law enforcement personnel, but also the forced evacuation of a veteran's hospital?
Okay, I guess it is.
I hold Tom Cruise personally responsible for putting every one of those lives at risk. I know, it's not like he makes all the promotional decisions himself, but come on. It's so stupid and ridiculous, doesn't it totally seem like something he would do?
I've been seeing the M:i:iii newsracks for a while, but the other day I looked closely at one for the first time, and saw the exposed wires for myself. It does look fishy. Would it be too much to ask for them to add a sticker pointing to the wires, labeled "NOT A BOMB"? It wouldn't have to be too expensive. Someone could just go around and write it in Sharpie. I think that would set people's minds at ease.