Seattle's Rex Velvet has made no secret of his disdain for the "superhero movement," which he has likened to a group of costumed nerds harassing the public.
And after his emergence as a media force to counter the superheroes, little has happened to slow it down.
That's why Velvet launched the next phase of his scheme to let the police do their jobs free of interference: a Velvet army.
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So-called social villain Rex Velvet has launched the next phase of his dastardly plot against Seattle "superhero" Phoenix Jones and his ilk: a really strongly worded petition. That fiend!
From the petition ...
Superheroes are menaces to our city. They disturb the peace, rudely interject themselves into the business of others, and escalate private confrontations. Not to mention they pepper spray citizens. Sadly, our cities are no longer protected by our once respected police force, but by tormented, delusional freaks in masks.
The campaign is targeted at Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and comes on the heels of a media war Velvet has waged against the Rain City Superhero Movement. Though the viral videos and propaganda tools Velvet has employed against Seattle supers, most notably Phoenix Jones, are comedic in nature, they all carry a clear subtext of letting the police do their jobs rather than having them complicated by local color. Velvet, whoever he really is, has simply chosen to play the game in order to get attention called to an issue that he feels would otherwise be ignored.
For those still unaware, Seattle is infested with costumed yahoos wielding pepper spray.
Recently, viral video "supervillain" Rex Velvet started dropping YouTube challenges for these so-called superheros to accept that they are nerds without any special powers, and to quit getting in the way of the police doing their job.
Today Velvet released yet another taunt, one in which he claims to have captured one of their ranks and then had his velvety way with him.
May Day featured a nationwide series of protests and actions on issues ranging from the general anarchist howl against all things non-anarchist to a group of high-school students concerned about education cuts that Portland, Ore., Mayor Sam Adams invited inside to use the bathroom at City Hall.
From the post:
1:43 pm: Cienna Madrid reports, "I ran into Slog commenter Baconcat, who was pepper sprayed by Phoenix Jones. Baconcat was taking pictures at the courthouse and Phoenix was screaming at the group, 'I'm not against you guys, I'm here to keep the peace and protect this historic building,' and then took them out with pepper spray. Baconcat says his eyes are dry as hell." Tear gas went off shortly thereafter; it's unknown if the tear gas belongs to the "superhero," too. "Beware: Phoenix Jones is still on the loose. But it's still peaceful here in Westlake."
When Seattle-based label Barsuk signed Death Cab for Cutie, both entities were young, fresh, innovative, original and exciting. In the 10 years since DCfC's debut release, Something About Airplanes, both band and business have aged, but in graceful ways exclusive to a fortunate few. Something About Airplanes was an important album for band, label and fans for sure, but also in that it was instrumental in giving voice to a sound that would become so identifiable with the Pacific Northwest.
Tomorrow, a limited deluxe edition reissue of Something About Airplanes will be available nationally. The reissue of Something is neither a maudlin nostalgic grasp at glory long gone nor is it just some cleverly timed holiday gimmick. With the inclusion of a "recently unearthed recording of the band's first ever Seattle show" at the Crocodile Cafe (supporting another essential Seattle band, Harvey Danger) new artwork and an essay by HD's Sean Nelson, the album is a comprehensive introduction for those not familiar with DCfC and a beautiful blue reminder of how it felt to hear them for the first time.
For more info, visit Barsuk online.