Saw today there’s a Casey Anthony dunking booth at the Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair in Lexington, Kentucky.
The booth is called State vs. Anthony, and while most dunking booths have 1 target, but this one has 2, labeled “INNOCENT” and “GUILTY.” You’re supposed to pick one and throw.
According to the fair’s website, the booth is there to give “fairgoers a chance to vent their frustration over the recent acquittal of Casey Anthony.” It says, “Casey will be on ‘trial’ in the booth each day from now until the fair closes on July 24.”
(In case you live outside the United States and aren’t familiar with the case, Casey Anthony is the Florida woman accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter. Since the trial ended, the real Casey Anthony has gotten death threats, while a woman mistaken for Casey Anthony was attacked in Oklahoma. Click here to read a recap of the trial on Wikipedia.)
The woman playing Casey Anthony in the dunking booth goads passersby by calling out, “I’m good with kids,” and tells a contestant who misses the “GUILTY” target, “If that’s the best you can do, you should’ve been a Florida prosecutor.”
Some people have a problem with this. Some people think it’s a lynch mob by proxy, but others seem to think it’s OK, maybe even healthy. When I told a guy at work about it, he cracked up and said it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard.
Other than heads of state and terrorists, I can’t recall an individual being held up to such ridicule and outright hatred, but, then again, I haven’t heard of a case quite like this one. (I haven’t heard whether Casey Anthony’s legal team thinks the dunking booth is good, clean fun or whether they might take action.)