wtf?

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

'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.

Related video

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

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

Related

About the author

Sara K. Smith was Wonkette's morning editor from 2008 to 2010, and now contributes a weekly (?!) column to Wonkette, to prove she still loves you all!

View all articles by Sara K. Smith

Hola wonkerados.

To improve site performance, we did a thing. It could be up to three minutes before your comment appears. DON'T KEEP RETRYING, OKAY?

Also, if you are a new commenter, your comment may never appear. This is probably because we hate you.

57 comments

  1. SayItWithWookies

    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.

  2. BillyClubb

    “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.

  3. Knob Gobbler

    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.

  4. Formerly Preferred

    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.

  5. sezme

    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”.

  6. TGY

    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.

  7. Come here a minute

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

  8. Sarah Palin (vp@whitehouse.gov)

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

    looser. also.

    -SP

  9. WickedWitch

    Dear aristoggle —

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

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

    Love,
    Wicked Witch.

  10. TGY

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

  11. Serolf Divad

    [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!

  12. assistant/atlas

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

  13. shortsshortsshorts

    [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.

  14. CaliforniaMike

    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.

  15. One Yield Regular

    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.

  16. ph7

    [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!

  17. NoWireHangers

    [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.

  18. jimh

    [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.

  19. Boojum

    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.

  20. godforbidowright

    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.

  21. Holding Out for a Hero

    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.

  22. Kev-O-Tron

    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…

  23. vkladchik

    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.

  24. Monsieur Grumpe

    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?????????

  25. exdixie

    [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.”

  26. phineas_bounderby

    [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?

  27. johnnyrocket94158

    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…?

  28. twowheeljunkie

    [re=265212]johnnyrocket94158[/re]:

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

  29. AnnieGetYourFun

    [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?

  30. Gallowglass

    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.

  31. Gallowglass

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

  32. CaliforniaMike

    [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.

  33. SayItWithWookies

    [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.

  34. hobospacejungle

    [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.

  35. Platypus

    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.

  36. Baconcat

    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.”

  37. Hello Sunshine

    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.

Comments are closed.