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Toon's obscene gesture shocks Boston

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Jun 18, 2007 at 12:11pm IST

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New Delhi: A publicity gimmick in Boston for a late night cable television cartoon has managed to do more than just grab ratings.

Trouble began when people in Boston found images flashing from electronic devices around the city depicting an animation character making an obscene gesture.

The person responsible for planting the electronic devices has been arrested.

OBSCENITY TROUBLE : The police were deployed to take the electronic devices down.

The state police, the Boston Police and bomb squad units were deployed to take the electronic devices down. Many highways were shut down and traffic disrupted due to these cartoons.

Turner Broadcasting, which owns Cartoon Network, later said the devices were part of a promotion for the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

The surreal series are about a talking milkshake, a box of fries and a meatball and have a cult following.

"I think it's kind of disturbing. It began this morning early, with a one off thing, and then as the afternoon progressed you started hearing there were these different little things all throughout the city. And as you know, Boston's a walking city, so it kind of put everyone in a state of disarray," said Boston resident, Fred Murphy.

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