WTF?  2:47 pm March 13, 2009

Brave Reporter Actually Calls Up Georgia Mayor To Solve Facebook Status Mystery

by Sara K. Smith

'Some folks' did it!Oh hot dang, somebody got ahold of an old-fashioned talky device called a “telephone” and called the mayor of the fancifully named Dallas, Georgia to learn what he meant when he posted something on Facebook about Obama giving Gordon Brown “a quart of the Bull.” Was this horrible racism? And does it mean that your editor is hopelessly old and naive that the first thing she thought of when she heard “the Bull” was Red Bull?

The answers, of course, are yes and yes. Anyway, here’s what went down when intrepid Creative Loafing reporter Thomas Wheatley spoke with hapless mayor Boyd Austin:

In a phone conversation with CL last night, Austin said “I’ve got some folks who play with my Facebook” and asked me to email him the Wonkette link. He said he’d get back to me. No response as of this writing, though. [...]

Austin has since cleared his status, but the questionable update remains on his Facebook Wall. [...] I guess the lesson we learn from this is that it’s best not to let “some folks” have access to your Facebook profile, especially when you’re the mayor of a city. Or at least change your privacy settings.

Mystery solved! Boyd Austin is bedeviled by trolls, the end.

Georgia mayor’s Facebook page confuses nation [Creative Loafing]

 

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{ 57 comments }

smashtheduck March 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm

It’s okay. I couldn’t figure out why references to Red Bull were racist either.

Colander March 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Enh, I’m a young Negro and the first thing I thought was Red Bull, too, also.

SayItWithWookies March 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm

It means our editrix has blocked all her memories of drinking non-elitist cheap-ass malt liquor. When you say Dylan, she thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas — whoever he was.

BillyClubb March 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm

“a quart of the Bull” does not refer to Red Bull — who could drink that much Red Bull and not start acting like a tweaked-out druggie.

But you know, they do sell bull semen — that’s much more likely what was meant.

Knob Gobbler March 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I think it refers to Schlitz Malt Liquor whose logo or mascot was a bull. Sort of an mid-1970s reference I gather. And you know who drinks malt liquor right? Of course I could be wrong and it’s all a big misunderstanding.

Formerly Preferred March 13, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Just looked him up on fb; he has apparently locked his site down, now, so you can’t see his status. But you can still see his friend list.

AND WHAT’S THIS?

“Boyd has 666 friends.”

I don’t think I need to say anything more.

sezme March 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Doesn’t using a telephone violate the first rule of communicating on the Internet? To wit: “It’s so much easier to keep in touch using Facebook as long as you pretend the telephone doesn’t exist”.

twowheeljunkie March 13, 2009 at 3:02 pm
TGY March 13, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I presumed it meant ‘Schlitz Malt Liquor’ bull, but then I’m ..uh.. older than our esteemed editor. They teach you Liquor Identification in Gigolo School, yea even to the contents of a ‘rusty nail’ (Drambui). There are flash cards.

TGY March 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Those who play with Facebook shouldn’t throw trolls or somesuch.

Serolf Divad March 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm

HA! Creative Loafing!!!! I told you people!!!!

Come here a minute March 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm

[re=265118]SayItWithWookies[/re]: SKS ain’t got no culture, been Ayn Randed too many times.

NoWireHangers March 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

[re=265128]twowheeljunkie[/re]: Holy shit, that’s Kevin Kline!

aristoggle March 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Sarah Palin (vp@whitehouse.gov) March 13, 2009 at 3:09 pm

My ex son in law just got a freakin’ job at CL. Also.

looser. also.

-SP

Surfs-By March 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

You’re too young and naive … “the bull” = Schlitz

WickedWitch March 13, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Dear aristoggle —

Mr. Austin is just what I suspected — Fat, White, and Stupid.

I mean, who really has friends named Earl????

Love,
Wicked Witch.

TGY March 13, 2009 at 3:12 pm

[re=265133]Serolf Divad[/re]: Ok, ok, so they sometimes have other stuff besides the adult services section. There are the personals.

Serolf Divad March 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm

[re=265137]NoWireHangers[/re]:

Re: Kevin Kline

Wow, dude… good eye! I had to watch it a couple of time, but I think you’re right!

assistant/atlas March 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm

[re=265139]aristoggle[/re]: Ladies (and self-hating, closeted gays), he’s single!

shortsshortsshorts March 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

[re=265141]Sarah Palin (vp@whitehouse.gov)[/re]: I appreciate you being around, Mrs. Palin. Your honest words about that bastard potential son-of-law of yours are warranted. I hope you run in 2012. Also.

CaliforniaMike March 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Don’t forget the important subliminal message in Breakfast Club:

You mess with the bull, you get the horns.

Oh, wait. That wasn’t subliminal at all. That was the asshole assistant principal.

Oh well.

One Yield Regular March 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm

If, out of complete impossibility, Boyd Austin WAS referring to Red Bull, it would of course have been because the stuff is banned in much of Europe, and presumably Gordon would have been appalled at the audacity of Hopey.

But I’m no longer in favor of giving people like Boyd Austin the benefit of the doubt.

ph7 March 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm

[re=265148]assistant/atlas[/re]: I don’t knwo what Plaxo is, but time to make a profile with a Bull and Camel type hitting hit up for some action!

NoWireHangers March 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

[re=265139]aristoggle[/re]: Someone went to the Sears Portrait Studio. He should have gone for the faux bookshelf background. It might have let us imagine he is intelligent.

jimh March 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

[re=265146]Serolf Divad[/re]: Without a doubt, knave, it’s Kevin Kline. I’m sure he loves to have this one shown at parties.

jamietre March 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm

This whole story is easily a gallon of Bull.

Boojum March 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

There is something so satisfying about Dallas, Georgia. Like, backward-ass country fuck redneck town, sure, but so much SMALLER and more with teh stoopid than the real Dallas. Like have a retarded sociopath for a neighbor if he was small enough to put in a jar and laugh at him.

godforbidowright March 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Can I just point out that; as lame as Gordon Brown was, he did give some kind of irraplacable meaningful diplomatic gift, as opposed to a dvd box set. I mean, Id of been pissed off too!

Its like buying your lover a car for valentines day and then they give you a house plant. lol.

Suds McKenzie March 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

sorry, missed all of this, was he “poked”? does he have 20 things of what not?

Suds McKenzie March 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm

what 80′s movie is he again?

hockeymom March 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

What’s that tab “Devotionals” all about?
And “Georgia Fan”?

Fail.Fail.Fail.

shanemacgowan March 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Since Campbell’s show is on weekdays at 8pm, I’ve had no bias and no bull.

cal March 13, 2009 at 3:37 pm

They’re gremlins, not trolls.

Holding Out for a Hero March 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm

As a citizen of the Peach state and based on where Dallas GA is located, I do believe that the mayor’s statement means exactly what you think it means.

Drive 10 miles outside of Atlanta and you back in time 40 years.

Kev-O-Tron March 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I call my penis “the Bull” too. But not because it’s huge or anything. It’s because it smells funny.

OT- Hi everybody! I know you guys have missed the plethora of not-that-funny unicorn farting comments I used to leave constantly but unemployment is a bitch and I have a tough time getting online. I’m still an avid reader on my blackberry which is tragically slow and hard to operate. Anyways…

Kev-O-Tron March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Also the new facebook homepage is confusing also.

vkladchik March 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm

That Will Ferrell ad is so fucking shitty. I appreciated the Campbell Brown life-size masturbation statue ad, because that shit was funny. But the Ferrell thing is low. Did any of the editors write that? I can’t decide if you guys writing it or not writing it is shittier for your souls. Do you think your readers are fucking stupid? If you do, then the feeling is rapidly going to be mutual.

Monsieur Grumpe March 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Of course he was referring to Schlitz Malt Liquor (otherwise known as headache in a bottle) which, when served correctly, is wrapped in a brown paper bag and consumed while hanging out in public. Camels?????????

exdixie March 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm

[re=265183]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Have you tried using the google reader app? It’s slightly easier that way.

As for Boyd, it’s not that hard to make your facebook private, dude. If you’re gonna make dumb racist jokes it might be worth looking into. Also, did you consider Mad Dog? Like the other excellent suggestions, this might have added a little clarity to your “joke.”

phineas_bounderby March 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

[re=265190]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Yep. It was a clear reference to Schlitz Malt Liquor, which was heavily marketed in black neighborhoods in the 1970s. What is this Red Bull of which they speak? More racist hilarity from our local rubes. It’s great living in the land of Lyn Westmoreland … and … what was this mayor guys name again?

johnnyrocket94158 March 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I said it before and I’ll say it again. The “bull” is Colt 45. It has a BULL on the bottle people. I’ve never heard of black people drinking Schlitz! Where’s Bill Dee when I need him…?

twowheeljunkie March 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm

[re=265212]johnnyrocket94158[/re]:

That’s a Colt. As in Horse.
The Bull is on the Schlitz Malt Liquor.

AnnieGetYourFun March 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm

[re=265118]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Is it a bad sign that when you say “Dylan”, I think of “Dylan McKay”, Luke Perry’s rebel-without-a-clue character on the original Beverly Hills 90210?

Gallowglass March 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I took it to mean Schlitz, but only because of the following episode.

On my 21st Birthday I bought a mountain of quarts of Schlitz to celebrate on the cheap with some friends. As I crossed the street from the gas station with my arm load of malt liqour an elderly black man warned me “Damn son, don’t let them Bulls drop!”

Otherwise, I probably would have understood him to mean Red Bull.

Gallowglass March 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm

[re=265212]johnnyrocket94158[/re]: Doesn’t Colt have a horse on the bottle? Schlitz has a big blue bull.

thetalltexan March 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I thought red bull too, and realized there was a shocking lack of vodka mentioned.

CaliforniaMike March 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

[re=265212]johnnyrocket94158[/re]: You are correct, sir!

Sorry, I was channeling Ed McMahon for a minute there. Why? Because somebody has to do it, or Ed will die.

Actually, Colt .45 was the bull, although in the plural it was the Houston baseball team in 1962.

How do I know all this? Because I know teh Negro inside and out. Well, outside anyway.

SayItWithWookies March 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm

[re=265257]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Damn, I don’t know — I’m about as 90210 illiterate as they come. The only thing I know about it is from reading an article about Shannen Doherty that reported her bitching about how she needed ten bottles of Evian to wash her hair and she only got nine.
I would’ve given points for Matt Dillon is Drugstore Cowboy, though.

MrsNateSilver March 13, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Um, that Robin Hood video was good. But I like this one more. It’s more…blatantly racist, whereas that one’s just sorta gay because everyone knows Robin was a GAY.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCm07WceaQw

Yay Black Clowns in a Liquor Store!

Pop Socket March 13, 2009 at 10:02 pm

What ever happened to King Cobra?

The Church March 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I have spent my Friday night trolling on dude’s profile, and then making fun of it in my blog.

YOU’RE WELCOME

http://thisisaveryimportantblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/some-brief-musings-on-boyd-austin-mayor.html

hobospacejungle March 14, 2009 at 2:40 am

[re=265187]vkladchik[/re]: People please, lay off the editors re: Wonkette advertising. Shit man, editors gotta eat, too. If it’s that much of a fucking problem there are more than a few ways to block ads from appearing in your browser. If you are not tech literate enough to block the ads, then kindly shut the fuck up and stop harassing our fine editors. We don’t come here for the ads, we stay for the posts & commentary. Just tell your fucking brain to ignore them. It ain’t that hard.

And, uh, teleprompter.

Platypus March 14, 2009 at 7:59 am

It’s mot the least bit racist because, though he mentioned Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull, he said a quart and not a 40 ouncer. Also, the cigarettes were Camels and not Salem menthol. Fin.

Baconcat March 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I don’t actually think this is racist, if it were, he would’ve said ‘and a pack of newports’. I think it’s more an anti-poncy Brit rant, as in: “Well, if he don’t like our ‘murkan DVDs, he can suck on some swilly ‘murkan beer and was it down with a pack of Virginia’s finest.”

Bearbloke March 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Fat-fuck Boyd’s FB is pvt cuz he’s got a Holiday surprize 4 his friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH6f_uP-dKo

Hello Sunshine March 16, 2009 at 4:57 am

He’s not the first Right-wing politician to let a complete stranger play with his facebook, and I’m sure he won’t be the last.

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