If you enjoyed "Kick Ass," the movie version of the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., then you've probably been heard about roving "super heroes" in a few U.S. cities.
Walking around in a super hero costume has its ups and downs, and in this case, really down. I'm kind of glad I'm older now, and not inclined to try this myself, because I know I would have been tempted. I once created a costumed super hero in high school called Capt. Hamilton, for Alexander Hamilton High, and found a guy to wear it around school. Yea, it was unsettling, but he enjoyed it.
Check out the video of real life heroics by Phoenix Jones, and the disastrous results.
According to the AVclub: Take Seattle’s RLSH, “Phoenix Jones.” Early Sunday morning, Jones was arrested after allegedly attacking several people with pepper spray. Jones claims he was only trying to break up a street brawl, and that he used the spray only after being attacked himself. Accompanying Jones on his ill-fated “patrol” was Milwaukee’s Tea Krulos, a proponent of the local RLSH movement, and the author of an upcoming book on the subject. Krulos was interviewed by msnbc.com about this incident, and claimed in that interview that Jones was only protecting his fellow citizens:
“Six or seven guys were beating up two other guys,” Krulos said, adding he heard “loud, aggressive noises.” One victim was thrown to the ground and kicked in the ribs. “Two other guys were wrestling with each other but not in a playful way—and people were screaming. Nobody was dancing, it was not ambiguous, there was definitely fighting,” he said.Here's ABC's coverage (hey this doesn't happen very often):
On his Heroes In The Night blog, Krulos had this to add:
"Well, it’s been a crazy weekend in Seattle. The media is blowing up with the story of Phoenix Jones being detained after intervening in a brawl. I was there. I witnessed the whole thing. I even got punched a couple times myself. For now I want to dispute one thing—the people Phoenix disrupted WERE NOT DANCING/ “FROLICKING,” or “having a good time. They were beating the crap out of two people.