Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Bloomberg's Snowpocalypse: The Animation, in Taiwanese
Thursday, January 06, 2011 - 10:42 AM
A new viral video entitled "Bloomberg Blamed for Mishandling Snowpocalypse" is making the rounds online in a segment that takes jabs at the city's blizzard response with the help of strangely compelling CGI animation.
Taiwanese outlet NMA created the animated video that shows the Statue of Liberty collapsing as the Mayor bumbles his way through the snow storm -- dodging snowballs pelted by angry residents -- in stark contrast to the heroic second mayor (Newark Mayor Cory Booker), who can do no wrong.
The segment also takes aim at sanitation workers who are shown goofing off and making snowmen while on the job. The video ends on an ominous note comparing New York to Newark, with the commentator asking, "Will this Tale of Two Cities turn into Bloomberg's Katrina?" as the mayor jets past a smoldering city.
Here's the English-language version.