Today hundreds - no thousands - of Chicagoans were stepped on,
ridiculously inconvenienced, and disrespected by the arrival of a
fabricated piece of Hollywood junk. Whomever figured this logistical nightmare out - must have had a Mensa IQ - not.
Like many others, I'm forced to walk 10 blocks out of my way only to be accosted by yet another chirpy twit. (Hollywood must have a factory were they churn these suckers out.) I'm being told I can't use the sidewalk, blocks away from the Michigan Avenue set, because I "might be in the shot." Since when can they keep you off the sidewalk - blocks away from where the actors are working? How can they keep you from using all the exits of your building?
Do I care about all the fake Hollywood soldiers in their uniforms and toy guns? No. Do I care about the painted styrofoam pieces jutting out from the street, wrapped artfully around demolished cars, with puffs of smoke, and carefully lit fires? Not really. Let me be clear though - I am all for Hollywood in Chicago. I am just not for stupidity in Chicago.
What I care about is that I believe I had a shared experience with thousands of Chicagoans who must have been wondering, "why am I walking home through an alley, nearly being crushed by two movie semi-trailers who aren't watching where they are going for a movie about wiseguy robots from the future?" On the positive side, it was a sense of brotherhood. A shared trial and tribulation. On the negative side, I wouldn't want to repeat it again. Even if Angelina Jolie shows up next time in robot gear. (But at least that would have been something).
What I want to know is...what arrangement did "Transformers 3" make with the CIty of Chicago? Who approved it? And are the citizens, the voters of Chicago, going to receive a piece of what they got? Bare minimum, I expect a 'Ridiculously Disrespected by Transformers 3' tax credit from the City of Chicago come next year.
Or else...Mayor Daley can just Shia my LaBouf.