We’ve been getting a big kick this weekend watching that new “City Of Burbank” Facebook site come apart at the seams with the exact same kind of nuttiness that they (falsely) claimed they’d been observing over here, and were supposedly set up to prevent.
Remember their founders’ stated goal of wanting to avoid all of that offensive “semichorus” hatred and nutcase commenting behavior? That they were going to become the pure and helpful community of Burbank website instead, and not full of nastiness and negativity like that other one that everyone knows about but shan’t be named. Wasn’t this also why they were restricting their admission to selected guests only? They were going to be so “positive” that you practically had to get a special permit from them to become a part of the action.
At least that’s what we heard. Being not positive about Burbank, we had no interest in trying out for the membership.
How things have changed. Seen it lately? The personal hostility and neighborhood paranoia being revealed at this unofficial City of Burbank Facebook site has exceeded even Will Rogers’ biggest red-herring fantasies about what he dreams to think goes on over here.
Our local Prince of Piety must have noticed it lately. Talk about irrational, nutcase behavior — this weekend for instance the adverse reaction to Denise Wilcox’s photos of Bill Clinton was enough to force her to take them down in a huff. You’d have thought she’d been posting friendly candids of Bill Cosby by the way some of that crowd reacted to her work. Needless to say there was a lot of immediate talk about uninvited guests like Monica and those dead soldiers in Benghazi. After a while Denise had had enough with all of the rancor and the hate and who can blame her.
It’s enough to make us want to gloat. We’ve never seen anything like that over here, and we have an extremely liberal posting policy where you’d think the action would always be running downhill pretty quick. At last the critics always hope so. At worst we usually see things calm down after a bit, and that’s even when we don’t step in to put a sudden halt to the fun, and which we have done at times. We let almost anything in by policy too, but it’s never been enough to actually close down shop entirely. The worst we get is some weird right-wing video or two.
There must be a moral here somewhere. Whatever it is, it’s sure been fun watching those balloons bursting to hell over at that by-permission-only City of Burbank booster site.