“Are you kidding me? Who the hell watches Steve Wilkos?”
OK, not really. But some prankster pulled a good one in Montana. Boy howdy, did he or she ever.
According to Informationweek.com, someone managed to hack into a CBS television affiliate’s feed in Great Falls and interrupted “The Steve Wilkos Show” with this audio announcement:
“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. Follow the messages onscreen that will be updated as information become available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous.”
I don’t know about you, but if I was at home during the day watching “The Steve Wilkos Show,” my guess is that would signify that I had already assumed the end of the world was near and I’d given up all hope. But aside from that, if that announcement did come out of my TV, I would probably do several things, and not necessarily in this order:
a) Shit myself thorougly.
b) Drink some beer.
c) Call my girlfriend and tell her I love her, and that I wish her the best of luck (she lives in a first-floor apartment, so she’d be zombie bait)
d) Shit myself again, while quietly weeping.
e) Wonder if I could make it out to the shed to get my aluminum baseball bat before shitting myself again.
Seriously, though, I’m mildly surprised that didn’t turn into a War of the Worlds situation. Given the popularity of zombie fiction in general, and especially AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” it’s a wonder more than a few Great Falls, Montana, residents didn’t shit themselves and weep quietly. Heck, I wonder if anyone loaded their guns, just in case? (Wait, it’s Montana — they were probably already loaded.)
I’m curious to see what discipline may ultimately befall the prankster, if he or she gets caught. I mean, sure, it’s a serious FCC no-no to take over a TV broadcast, so there’s that. But can the prankster also be charged for inciting mass hysteria? If you proclaim the zombie apocalypse has begun via a faux Emergency Broadcast System warning, you’re playing with dynamite, ya know? And I say that mostly because people are so stupid that a lot of them would actually believe it was happening — you know, because people tend to believe everything they see/hear on TV. Even if it’s KRTV in Great Falls, Montana.
All I can say is that this makes me want to do what I keep saying I’m going to do: Fill my cellar with supplies, get several machetes and some guns (with ammo), build up my cardio for the days ahead and start watching “The Steve Wilkos Show.” Because, you just never know.