Weirdo Wednesday – Feb 9, 2011
Trust me, there is no shortage of weirdos out there. I could do a Weirdo blog 24/7 and have candidates stacked to the rafters. From the slightly weird to the outlandishly weird to the occasional freakazoid who takes weird to a whole new level, the problem is not finding the weirdo.
The problem is there are just too many choices.
So to select the Weirdo of the Week, I have to use some fairly sophisticated algorithms to weed out the vaguely weird, or the slightly weird, or the even more common, possibly weird, depending on perspective.
Case in point: Officer Bubbles
Like all officers of the law, Constable Josephs (aka Officer Bubbles), should be held to a higher standard of behavior. Interaction with the public should be professional, courteous, and above all else, free of douchebaggery and weirdness.
Now in some circles this Constable would barely be perceived as being weird. He’s probably a pretty nice guy — well balanced and a seasoned professional with the Toronto PD. And then on June 27th of 2010, Const. Josephs was performing his assigned duty of crowd control at last years G20 summit, when he had a face-to-face encounter with a bubble-blowing menace, 20 year-old Courtney Winkles. In a momentary lapse of common sense, the constable opened his mouth and uttered these infamous words:
“If the bubble touches me, you’re going to be arrested for assault.”
Within days the video of the incident was posted on YouTube and Officer Bubbles got a quick lesson in the power of the internet and viral explosion. His douchebaggery became cannon-fodder for news organizations trying to make sense of the heavy handed police presence during the G20. Some people believe this silly incident overshadowed the real story of the Toronto Police actions that week.
It doesn’t stop there. In true internet fashion, outrage became creativity and within days a whole crop of “Officer Bubbles” cartoons appeared on YouTube. The animations show a police officer named “A. Josephs” arresting a variety of people — from Santa Claus to U.S. President Barack Obama. Another animation showed Office Bubbles punching a reporter.
It was more than the new internet sensation could bear. In the final act of weirdness and douchebaggery, Constable Josephs filed a 1.2 million dollar lawsuit against YouTube and a host of “John Does” who commented on said animations. His lawyer sought to compel YouTube to give up the real identities of the commentators. In the litigation, Josephs said the cartoons and attached comments were “devastatingly defamatory.” He is seeking compensation for the “ridicule, scandal and contempt, both personally and as a member of the (Toronto Police Service).”
I can only imagine the kind of ridicule the nickname “Bubbles” will get you in a Police Squad-room. Constable Josephs, I feel your pain. However your douchebaggery still qualifies you for this week’s Weirdo Wednesday.
Editors note: If there was a day of the week that sounded good with Douchebag, we would not be having Weirdo Wednesdays.