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April 04, 2013

Bills Receiver Asks North Korea to Bomb New England: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson posted the following message on Twitter: "War is nothing to be played with. I apologize North Korea ... but if y'all do bomb first bomb Foxboro, Mass." (Foxboro Stadium is the original name of the New England Patriots' home field.)

posted by rcade to football at 04:30 PM - 27 comments

I'm sure his agent is currently writing something intelligent for him to reply with. Like so many brilliant athletes of today, their contracts should forbid them from speaking.

posted by dyams at 05:04 PM on April 04

I don't recall Stevie being a stupid idiot before ... guess there's a first time for everything.

posted by jjzucal at 06:15 PM on April 04

posted by beaverboard at 06:20 PM on April 04

The whole thing was pretty funny and his subsequent tweets made it clear it was in good fun.

posted by yerfatma at 09:14 AM on April 05

So i guess there is no more room for a smartass in our country. LightPeople need to lighten up. This is the problem with the media age. People cant joke anymore. Someone will be offended, post it, it will go viral, and Steve Johnson will have to apologize for being insensitive to the Korean people.

posted by Debo270 at 10:02 AM on April 05

So i guess there is no more room for a smartass in our country.

I guess if you think every subject is fair game for stupid jokes or being a "smartass" then you probably have a point. The current situation involving North Korea isn't what I consider a joking matter, but like so many other issue, we are supposed to yuk it up until something horrible takes place. Then we are expected to take things more seriously.

posted by dyams at 10:13 AM on April 05

Yeah, he'll really have to eat his words if Foxboro get's nuked.

posted by tron7 at 10:22 AM on April 05

It's funny as long as the brinksmanship leads to nothing. North Korea has done this before when it wants something from the west. They probably want Guinness Book recognition for Kim Jong Il's single-round golf record of 18.

posted by rcade at 10:36 AM on April 05

Yeah, he'll really have to eat his words if Foxboro get's nuked

No, it will only be fucking hilarious if thousands of innocent people in South Korea are destroyed and the US finds themselves involved in another conflict it can't afford to be in.

As long as missles aren't aimed directly where you live, who cares?

posted by dyams at 11:18 AM on April 05

I am revisited by a memorable image from my adolescence.

Foxboro doesn't have anything to worry about.

North Korea has other targets of cultural value higher up on its wish list.

posted by beaverboard at 11:27 AM on April 05

The current situation involving North Korea isn't what I consider a joking matter

Lighten up Francis, not like anyone has ever made a joke about North Korea before. I'm fairly certain there's a reason humans create and consume gallows humor and it's not pure insensitivity.

As long as missles aren't aimed directly where you live, who cares?

I look forward to your work in Somalia, Mali, Syria, etc. Concern is a finite resource and we tend to spend it closer to home. Whether that's "right" or not is a matter for you and your deity, but for 99% of human history we've only have a local area to be concerned about. The fact technology has evolved to a point where we get news from around the world instantaneously doesn't mean we've evolved to cope with it.

posted by yerfatma at 11:28 AM on April 05

They probably want Guinness Book recognition for Kim Jong Il's single-round golf record of 18.

Danger Mouse did it in 2.

posted by Etrigan at 11:43 AM on April 05

No, it will only be fucking hilarious if thousands of innocent people in South Korea are destroyed and the US finds themselves involved in another conflict it can't afford to be in.

Well if that happens we'll have a lot more to deal with than Stevie Johnson's perceived insensitivity. Anyway, I've learned to just stop worrying and love the bomb.

posted by tron7 at 11:54 AM on April 05

As long as missles aren't aimed directly where you live, who cares?

Some of the deepest laughs I ever uttered were at my beloved uncle's funeral. Just because something is serious and terrible doesn't mean it can't also be funny.

posted by rcade at 12:38 PM on April 05

Again, I get back to the question (I've posed it in the past in response to other topic posts), Why was this topic even posted? I guess rcade would be the one to answer that, obviously. Is it because Johnson's comment was so outrageously funny we all needed to benefit from the fits of laughter that ensued? Or was it because you (and others) hoped/wanted someone to pile on should they feel sincere threats of violence and aggression from yet one more deranged world leader just isn't that humorous?

But I've come around and will now jump on the bandwagon:

Hopefully any form of military or terroristic aggression from North Korea will first be aimed at 4 Yawkey Way.

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

posted by dyams at 01:46 PM on April 05


posted by Debo270 at 02:13 PM on April 05

Lighten up Francis

Any one of you homos touches my nukes, I'll kill you!!!

posted by Ricardo at 02:14 PM on April 05

Or was it because you (and others) hoped/wanted someone to pile on should they feel sincere threats of violence and aggression from yet one more deranged world leader just isn't that humorous?

The presumption that I post links looking for a specific response is stupid and hostile.

How many times do I have to explain why I post links here? I get tired of being shit on for posting links, considering that so few other people do that any more.

It's like some people won't be happy with the place until no one is contributing.

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on April 05

Think of it as your first step on the road to Zen. If you see Buddha on the road, make sure to go all Greg Maddux on his ass.

posted by yerfatma at 03:05 PM on April 05

Not meant to be stupid and hostile, so as was told to me earlier, "Lighten up, Francis." My question is sincere. If a post is made just to take up space, then there is a problem. I assumed people generally posted a topic because it may create some differing opinions. I usually know where my ideas and thoughts on a topic lie when posting so I assumed you had a specific take on Johnson's comment and that it may create some honest disagreements being shared.

So again, my question is legitimate. Did you post it thinking it would create a lot of laughter and follow-up jokes on the current issues escalating in Korea, or was it hoping to lure and bash a person such as myself who may not think it's a joke-worthy topic? Either way it's obviously OK, but it's of interest to me.

This site, like it or not, conforms to the idea of agreeing and jumping in line with the norms, or the popular way of thinking about certain topics. You are upset for being "shit on" for posting topics, but a bigger concern may be for those who are "gang" shit-on because their comments stray from the norm. Once that starts it always appears a subject with the potential for any two-way dialogue disappears.

I just returned from a visit down south where I visited my friend who was blown up in Iraq. He was the "lucky" one of his group who survived to lose a leg and have brain damage, but is learning to talk again. As the US increases its presence in the Korean area, it all makes me wonder if I really am losing my sense of humor, especially since e majority of this unrest takes place far from my address (not counting that pesky little 9/11 escapade in NYC).

posted by dyams at 03:18 PM on April 05

I post links because they interest me and I think others might find them of interest. I was ambivalent about Johnson choosing to joke about North Korea. I had no idea how others would respond.

posted by rcade at 03:52 PM on April 05

RIP American Sense of Humor.

No, No Secretary Hagel, what have you done?. When I said "Nuke the Chinese" I meant put the takeout in the microwave!

posted by Howard_T at 04:07 PM on April 05

This site, like it or not, conforms to the idea of agreeing and jumping in line with the norms, or the popular way of thinking about certain topics. You are upset for being "shit on" for posting topics, but a bigger concern may be for those who are "gang" shit-on because their comments stray from the norm. Once that starts it always appears a subject with the potential for any two-way dialogue disappears.

Your standards for a gang-shitting are pretty low. A sarcastic comment and a plea to lighten up and we're bending your will? What do you want us to do when you overreact to a joke?

posted by tron7 at 04:09 PM on April 05

If a post is made just to take up space, then there is a problem.

I think you're being a bit dishonest with yourself, unless you also stop inane conversations in bars. I don't think too many of us are here for "meaningful dialog": the site is about sport. If we extrapolate something about human nature from a sports story, so be it, but all of these posts just take up space.

posted by yerfatma at 04:39 PM on April 05

No, it will only be fucking hilarious if thousands of innocent people in South Korea are destroyed and the US finds themselves involved in another conflict it can't afford to be in.

For what its worth, this would be a huge tactical mistake for N. Korea just based on how many Chinese nationals are in S. Korea. I can't imagine China would watch thousands of their citizens get murdered without some sort of swift and horrible retribution. Just out of enlightened self-interest, N. Korea should probably avoid invoking the wrath of their enormous neighbor.

I'm living out here in Hawaii and, if N. Korea has nukes, surely they are trained directly on me. The reason we don't worry about that out here is because N. Korea has demonstrated, time and again, that they are not serious about following through on their threats. It would be national suicide for them to attack S. Korea, Honolulu, Austin or especially Foxboro because, very frankly, the bombs that Tom Brady throws are infinitely more powerful than the bombs N. Korea possesses.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:49 PM on April 05

And Tom Brady speaks directly to God. And drops bombs like Hiroshima.

posted by yerfatma at 10:50 PM on April 05

It was funny, I laughed. South Park has done worse.

posted by insomnyuk at 11:00 PM on April 05

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