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*sings* Bullets killed the radio star
Guess what....Thorny was on the radio yesterday!

Here's what happened:

On 91x *a local station here* the morning show has this "truth or dare thursday" thing where they put their intern, Clint, in really stupid situations for entertainment value. For example: one time they made him wear a thong and rollerblades and made him skate in front of Gay-mart in Hillcrest *the local gay community* all morning. Last week they made him do pool hopping where he just went into strange peoples backyards, jumped in their pool and hauled ass out of there before he got caught.

This week, since they had Johnny Knoxville as a guest recently promoting the new Jackass movie, they were going to shoot Clint in the chest with a gun, while he was wearing a bulletproof vest (ala Jackass)

Now, working in the bulletproof vest business, I felt I was SOME sort of authority and called in with my protest.

The operator handed me over to Chris Cantore, the host of the Brand X morning show and we talked abit about why I thought it was a bad idea.

My thoughts:
-It's not wise to put someone in a situation that is known to be harmful
-though the vest may stop the bullet from killing you, it hurts pretty fucking badly
-shards of the vest might enter the body
-depending on the age of the vest there may be a malfunction
-depending on what brand there may be a malfunction. Recently, a competetor of ours had a penetration in their vests which ultimately led to the death of I believe 2 or 3 officers

Chris said:
"Well what if we use 2?"

I jokingly said "I don't know if double bagging would help"

he said "Oh..is that an industry term?" =) I just laughed


So, 20 minutes later I got to hear myself be a total ass on the radio. Isn't that fun? And you know what I realized? When I get nervous I have a very heavy Californian accent. The boppy kind. I feel sorry for anyone who has to meet me for the first time and never talk to me again...gah I hate my voice!!

But, they aired it again today with my comments as well as those from naval officers and law enforcement officers that have been shot, and despite their warnings, they went ahead and did it anyways. I didnt get to hear the outcome *I'm sure I would have heard if he died* but I hope to god the whole thing was a big April Fool's prank.

I told dad when I got to work and he said "Gah what an idiot! I hope to god theyre not using our vests!"

Not saying our vests are bad of course, but with ill treatment like that you never know what can go wrong =P Not to mention they were doing it in someones backyard *groan*

People are morons..but at least I got my 15 minutes in the spotlight.

I think I'm going to not talk for awhile..or at least train myself to speak better.

Current Mood: embarrassed embarrassed

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ruggels From: ruggels Date: April 1st, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
We wore "Extreme" Vests at work these were the under the Jacket Threat LEvel II vests. Treatedthem like gold, except in the summer they stank like unwashed gym clothes.They will take a round, but knowing how moisture effects their protective abilities you can bet we checked the plastic liners every month or avery time we face planted skiping back to the truck. Washing the outer covers only helpted the stink a little and febreeze only a little more. We would zip up to the collar in banks we liked. They we5re so hot, but wedidn't take them off. (Since I drove most of the time, I put mine across my legs because the firewall on acouple of the trucks was not armoured.

YEs, and I remember the Second Chance company's videos of the guy taking a 308 NATO round point blank in the chest, and usually it worked, but one day the guy went to a demonstration and didn't get a fresh vest, and that was the end of him.

If they had a threat 3 Vest, a .45 ACP and some sortof pad behind the vest, it may not have hurt as much, but having been cut by fragments of the bullet's copper jaclket, I would be in no hurry to try.

Scott (who knows from vests and has a couple in his collection)

Scott
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 2nd, 2004 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
X-treme? Awesome =D I work for Armor Holdings ( we make American Body Armor, Safariland and Protech products and that's one of em )

Second Chance has been having some problems lately but the truth of the matter is, if you treat the material badly, ANY vest will malfunction. Getting it wet, leaving it in the trunk of your car all the time, keeping until its over 5 years old..anything like that will make the vest not work properly. It pisses me off how people treat the one thing that will keep them alive like utter crap and expect it to still do its job. I guess a bulletproof vest is like a best friend...treat it badly, it wont do you anymore favors =P

Are you talking about that guy who goes around to vest demonstrations and goes "If you shoot me while wearing this vest and I live, will you buy a vest?" and lets people shoot him? Some marine in my class told me about that guy...its..um..interesting. =P
ruggels From: ruggels Date: April 2nd, 2004 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
$600.00 with a conpany discount for the Extreme. I did not know about the 5 year lifespan though. (NEver in the trunk, always hanging up overnight on the porch on dry nights to air out, with the cover in the laundry. )
All the vests remaining in my collection are the old Hard plate vests, except for the old Work Vest. Usually old Military Vests to complete full "Combat Uniform Impressions"

Yeah, that's the guy. I have one of their tapes, and he does the demonstration. Second Chance did have that amazing "Door Gunner's" vest (Basically an Ashigaru Buther's Apron made with lapped scales of Kevlar, in Cordura Pockets, sewn on another layer of Kevlar in a Cordura cover.).

Scott
eccentricweepel From: eccentricweepel Date: April 2nd, 2004 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
it did all turn out to be an april fool's prank. (just a really fucking stupid one) they made it sound like they went ahead with it, and then everyone at the location with clint started freaking out, and they made it sound like the vest failed and that he was actually shot and dying. they had people hired to be paramedics and that girl jen or whoever started crying really hard, and they "took" the phone away from clint. naturally, everyone in the studio was freaking out and they cut to like dead air time and just played music for about 20 min, except for two calls from people concerned about his condition. chris was tearing up and totally freaked out when they went back on air and then they got back through to clint who was supposed to be being loaded into an ambulance. then he did the whole "april fool's! ha ha..." thing, but the dudes in the studio were too overwhelmed to really think it was that funny.

all in all it wasn't very amusing, and i thought it was poor taste to use the whole "guy shot and dying" thing for humor. jerkoffs.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 3rd, 2004 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah so I heard, I got to hear my ugly voice on the radio again then they did a "next day replay" for the actual gag. In all honesty, It serves Chris Cantore right for even CONSIDERING putting Clint in that situation. It was a bad joke, yes, but it was a bad idea in the first place.
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