On September 1, 2015, the godfather of Wisconsin conservative talk radio, Mark Belling of Milwaukee’s News/Talk 1130 WISN, broke a fascinating story, based on a tip from a listener, about a weather-emergency PSA currently running in local movie theaters containing a brief, but unmistakable, reference to Satan.
The 30-second PSA, which depicts a man receiving a tornado alert on his smartphone, shows this image briefly flashing on the man’s smartphone:
On his home page, Belling has linked to a YouTube version of the PSA, with this memorable caption: “Waukesha County Emergency Management Video Goes to Hell; Uses Lucifer Image.”
“Are they sneaking in some subliminal Satanism message?,” the Belling fan who tipped him off about the PSA wondered. Naturally Belling was curious, so he investigated. His monologue, excerpted in the video at the bottom of this post, is highly entertaining and informative, and well worth listening to in full. But, in brief:
- The movie theater chain, Marcus Theaters, blames the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management, which supplied the PSA.
- William F. Stolte, Waukesha’s emergency management coordinator, blames Carroll University, which created the video for it.
- One would think that Daniel Becker, the head of Carroll’s Graphic Communication Program which apparently creates these videos, would take the fall, as the person apparently responsible for supervising and finally approving student work. But neither Becker or any other instructor or staff person at the school has to date taken responsibility.
- Instead, through its spokesperson (Tiffany Wynn), Carroll put the blame solely on a recent graduate of its theater program. Although she refused to name him in order to protect his privacy, the information she supplied made him readily identifiable to anyone bothering to do a 30-second Google search (for example, here, here, and here). Good job, Ms. Wynn!
Thanks to Ms. Wynn’s adroit spokespersoning, the world now knows that the person Carroll University blames for the subliminal Satanism found in the video it provided to Waukesha’s emergency-management office isn’t one of its professors or staff people, but a 2015 graduate, Taylor Burzynski (Facebook, Twitter).
One thing that seems perfectly clear, addressed by Belling near the end of his monologue, is that this video is being permitted to be shown in Wisconsin movie theaters because it’s merely potentially offensive to Christians.
If it had contained an equally brief segment potentially offensive to Muslims — for example, if the image on the smartphone had been this award-winning cartoon featuring Muhammad, or a graphic promoting the controversial Innocence of Muslims trailer available here — the PSA would not have been shown. Indeed, it likely would have been vetoed at every stage.
So here are excerpts from Belling’s broadcast (photos and video added by Badger Pundit) in which Belling unwinds the mystery behind the subliminal Satanism currently being featured in Wisconsin movie theaters because, you see, it’s merely potentially offensive to Christians: