Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Quick On The Trigger

Curious thing happened on the internets today. Both Deadspin and Fanhouse posted a flyer for a "Greygoose Party" to be co-hosted by Pacman Jones and Young Spoaty. The flyer promised that they were going to "make it rain." Oh boy. As you can imagine, the requisite Pac Man jokes and moral indignation were soon to follow. Will came with the jokes:

Far be it from us to tell Pac Man Jones how to live his life, but ... well ... promoting parties in which you promise to "make it rain" seems to be just asking for trouble, doesn't it?

Don't ever change, Pac Man ... don't ... you ... change.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we must clear out our Sunday night and Monday morning.

Michael David Smith hit us off with the moral indignation:

If there's one person on earth who should definitely not allow his name and likeness to be used in association with "making it rain," it's Pacman Jones, the man whose NFL career came to a halt when he was accused of inciting a riot at a strip club by making it rain, i.e., throwing dollar bills in the air to make it look like it's raining money, and then attacking a stripper who dared to actually pick up some of the money.

Many people in and around the NFL think Commissioner Roger Goodell will end Jones' suspension, possibly as soon as within the next month. I'm not so sure. Jones just doesn't seem like he gets it.

When I saw the flyer, I just chuckled. Apparently Mrss. Smith and Leitch were unaware that in the hip hop world, celebrities and athletes are often used for promoting parties without the celebrities' approval. These sort of machinations happen alot. Hell, I did it when I was in college. Anyway, I left a comment on FanHouse describing that, and also suggested that Smith delve deeper to see if Pacman was in fact associated with the promotional company. Well what do you know? Pacman isn't having a party after all.

But when I called the phone number listed on the poster, I was told that Jones is not, in fact, going to be a part of this party. "The party's still going on, but Pacman's party's been canceled," the man who answered the phone told me.

The party is going on, but "Pacman's party" has been canceled? Or? Pacman was never going to be there and we used his name along with "We gon make it rain" in order to drive up interest in the festivities. Well, mission accomplished.

I wonder how easy it would have been to call the number BEFORE writing the initial post? Maybe the naivete of not knowing how celebrities are used to promote parties was a factor in not checking deeper into the story. Or maybe they figured the flyer was an opportunity to make fun of/castigate an easy target, and decided to run with it five seconds after seeing it. I think I'm gonna go with the latter on this one.

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