John Georges v. The Dangerous People of the Internet
“There are some dangerous people out there, and they’re here tonight. They’re taping us.” â€“ John Georges
I didn’t mean any harm with my little video camera, really I didn’t. I just wanted to record what I thought might be an interesting historical moment in my beloved New Orleans.
Although it was a public forum, candidate Georges took issue with the presence of a camera, as you will see.
Some details, for the record:
— Although I recorded most of the debate, my wife Elly is holding the camera when Georges starts berating us. The nervous laughter is hers.
— The singing that you hear is that of our good friend, the brilliant New Orleans author, Poppy Z. Brite. She is commemorating the absurdity of the moment with an angelic renditon of “Paranoia” by Bauhaus. She has a lovely singing voice, don’t you think?
— Neither myself, nor my wife, nor Poppy Brite, nor our friend Todd are “political operatives” or “dangerous people.”
— The comments of John Georges are reproduced here in their entirety, from beginning to end. No editing, no trimming, no tricks, no hoodoo. Nothing is out of context. He says what he says and he won’t stop till he’s done and he seems to really mean it.
— Yes, Troy Henry claps along with the rest of Georges’ supporters after he gets done yelling at my wife, who weighs around 100 pounds.
— No, Rob Couhig is NOT clapping. (Thanks for your restraint, Mr. Couhig!)
— Poppy suggested, jokingly, that Georges could have me killed very easily. I laughed, but I also checked the rooftops for snipers as I left the building.
— I am not a supporter of James Perry or any other mayoral candidate. I include the clip of Mr. Perry at the end simply because he was the only candidate to directly address Mr. Georges’ comments, or to speak up in defense of free speech or freedom of the press at all. If any of the others had bothered, I’d have included them, too.
— Yes, bloggers are the new press. Politicians really need to get used to that idea. These days, the future is what happens when you blink.
— The internet can only hurt you if you let it.
Louis Maistros is the author of the historical New Orleans novel, “The Sound of Building Coffins.”