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30,000 View Huntington Mayor's Response to "Alligator" WVU Football Parody
The story came in a blog posting by “Alligator Jackson”, who lampooned the city’s beautification campaign by adding the WVU support ban. Although not specifically labeled “spoof”, Mayor Williams proclaimed “Alligator” (a.k.a. David Williams, no relation) a “brilliant writer”.
Via flashback the Mayor reminded, “Four years ago in the midst of furloughs, layoffs, and reductions in force, how nice it would have been to have spent an afternoon responding to a spoof article. I had calls from Florida and California and my brother had colleagues from all over the country.”
He surmised from the amount of responses, “This is not a bad thing. It may be a leading indicator that things must be going fairly well in Huntington”. By analogy, he stated, “When you have a sick patient, and they complain about the food, you think, they must be feeling better.”
That’s not to disregard the seriously irate impact of initial calls after a WVU blog mistook the “spoof” for a “real” ban.
“The WVU and MU partisans on the site are still throwing shots at each other", the Mayor said.
Williams revealed that J.D. Johnson gave the best call response. Someone asked him, “Is it true?” Johnson answered, “Yes, and we have ocean front property available in Arizona.”
After the Mayor took to Facebook, the conversation harshness dropped in tone.“I root for WVU every single game, except when they play Marshall”, Williams stated, stressing, “and, most WVU partisans cheer for Marshall except when they play WVU. That’s the way it should be.”
"Alligator" Williams did write a "sorry" on Facebook for the misunderstanding. However, he noted, "the article was a parody of your recent ordinances that I feel restrict freedoms. I never in a million years figured that anyone would believe them. I am disappointed in some of your actions but you are a good man."
Several fans of The Digger blog --- which is known for "Saturday Night Live" styled "Weekend Report" satire --- noted that some people (really) did not know that the site has a predominantly satire reputation.