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Twitter fury unleashed after stunt blocks traffic on 101 Freeway


California Highway Patrol officials have a name for what they say was Tuesday's traffic-snarling publicity stunt by an Orange County-based band: unlawful assembly.

Three people believed to be members of the band were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly -– and they may face more charges pending an investigation, a CHP official said.

The Twitter universe had some words for the Imperial Stars band too, because pretty much anything that makes traffic worse is enough to boil motorists' blood. Remember President Obama's fund-raising visit to Los Angeles?

One apparent aspiring actor, @wagsandbeaux, said he was en route to Van Nuys and missed the call time for his porn cameo.

Many just thought the stunt went too far. Here's a representative sample:

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Irfan Khan/ L.A. Times

Comments () | Archives (12)

I can understand folks being upset by this. Trying to get to work, a job interview, a meeting etc. But you have someone who has no regard for that and creating a situation that makes you late or causes you to miss that appointment all together....not cool.

All those who complained are lame. LA is full of whining people who whine for just about anything.....hahahaha...... Imperial Stars just became my favorite group of all time :-)

This is the kind of lameness that transplants like. Please stay in your county with this nonsense, we have important things to do here.

Better hold onto that TRUCK....you're gonna need it for your next "gig"....furniture movers!

Your music must really suck if you have to force people to listen to you in the middle of a busy highway. Get a life musician wannabes

In the end this is an attack against our economic interests, the delays alone cost business tens, if not hundreds of thousand dollars, no less missed business opportunities.
In Los Angeles we accept Accidents as part of the cost of business but this deliberate attack for profit crosses the line.
The people affected should have the right to sue.

These young musicians absolutely failed to gauge the hearts and minds of the audience they were trying to reach. I've driven those highways and, that traffic needed that stunt like I need a hole in the head.

Perhaps if they used their marketing courage for some good....maybe take that same energy and use it to raise money to support starving children. Just saying.

They should calculate the number of people that were stuck in traffic, figure out the average amount of extra time that it cost each person, multiply the number of hours lost for the people stuck in traffic by the average hourly wage and fine the band for that amount of lost time that they caused those people. That would immediately end the chance of anyone trying something this dumb again.

Imperial Stars? More like Imperial Douches.

As the majority of those on the freeways, are there because they have to be in order to earn a living to support themselves and their families, these kind of sociopathic stunts really take on a very dark, criminal, almost terroristic aspect. You could make a case that the culpable parties are actually committing out and out theft.

As gridlock and commuting patterns worsen, it seems that a possible response may be to criminalize any action that serves to impede traffic, especially at peak hours. The lost income to businesses and those employed in those businesses, is fast becoming a completely NON-humorous occurrence.

People are already stressed out beyond what their grandparents or great-grandparents could have handled. If we don't insist on maintaining the efficiency of urban infrastructure, the whole system ultimately will break down and totally animalistic codes of survival will rule the inner cities.

They should calculate the number of people that were stuck in traffic, figure out the average amount of extra time that it cost each person, and then put them in jail for ten times that amount.

These no-talent idiots should be ashamed of themselves for trying to profit and gain publicity under the guise of "doing it for the homeless children".


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