Ahem. I’m among those who thought Andrew Meyer had it coming when security officers applied a Taser to his struggling form at the John Kerry town hall event on Monday. My deepest regret is that they didn’t hit him a couple more times to drive the point home.
The point? It’s this: Even in America, even at this late date, there’s a remote chance you might pay a certain price for being an asshole. I defy anybody to watch the various videos of the incident and say Meyer was a victim of anything besides his own extreme assholeness.
The president of the University of Florida called the incident “regretful.” Uh, yeah. The most regretful thing is that this guy Meyer, a prankster by trade, has just secured a bit of YouTube immortality, which has a half-life of at least two weeks. What’s a few thousand volts compared to that? The injustice!
One other regret: “Don’t Tase me, bro.” I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing that phrase quite a bit more. It’s the 2007 version of Rodney King’s immortal “Can’t we all just get along?”