Monday, March 13, 2006

The J Stands For Jailbird
The rumors are true. Damian J. Kulash was arrested last night.

Here's the full story:

Late last night, while standing in front of the Orlando House of Blues, Damian Kulash was arrested and charged with "intent to take pictures and talk to fans." Also, there was a little matter of resisting arrest, which is the official charge.

The unofficial charge is "giving the wrong answer when a police officer asks you 'what part of move don't you understand?'" For those of you planning travel in the Orlando area, the correct response is not "I understood what you said; I just didn't do it." Damian didn't know that, so he was immediately handcuffed and taken inside the venue to chants of "Let him go!" (Had I been there the chants would have been "Jorge, NO!!! It's not worth it!" 'cause you know I got my boy's back.)

A bunch more cops were quickly summoned to help with all the standing around and not doing much, and eventually Damian, still handcuffed, was shoved into the back of a squad car and taken "downtown," a ride that became more fun when the SUV full of girls pulled up next to the cop car waving FREE DAMIAN signs. Damian thanks you, ladies.

Upon arrival, our hero was mugshotted, fingerprinted and thrown into a cell with a bunch of people who didn't want to sign the OK Go email list. Damian was locked up for about nine hours, during which time he ate corn flakes and made friends with a couple of guys, one of whom had rescued his longtime girlfriend from a crack den earlier that day, only to have her sic the cops on him when he came by her apartment to make sure she was doing okay. To that guy, I say: Dude--she just doesn't love you.

Damian was released this morning, and promises he'll be in fine fettle for Tuesday's show in Jacksonville. Until then, he'd like to address two rumors that have sprung up on the Internet in the last 24 hours: No, he wasn't drunk; and Yes, he did get the arresting officer to watch the "A Million Ways" video on the on-board computer. If that's not awesome, awesome doesn't exist.

Speaking of Jacksonville:

OK Go is playing at Jack Rabbit's tomorrow night. That's Tuesday, 3/14. It's an all-ages show, with OK Go hitting the stage at around 10:30. You should be there. The cops certainly will.

40 Comments:

Blogger young.urban said...

wow. exciting. the whole cops-watching-the-okgo-boys-dance thing IS awesome. wicked.
take care! (st. louis can't wait to see you guys again!)
Brittany

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and if you all want to tip off the orlando police to his rampant drug abuse call their hotline -- no kidding, this is really it -- at 407-246-CRAK. yes gents, this is the actual number.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous kate said...

that might be the funnist thing i have ever read. in fact... it is

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is hilarious. i want to see a damian mug shot!!! you should put the picture on shirts and sell 'em!!!

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Fabulous Karleigh said...

I never really liked house of blues, this makes me like it less. See, this never would have happened at Hard Rock Live because the Disney Nazis don't own them. But anyway, I'm glad he's out because I saw it all happen, and honestly, he wasn't doing anything wrong. Free Damian.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Rina said...

I was there and saw the whole thing!!! I was standing about 3 feet away from him when the cop came and starting hassling him, and was one of the people shouting, "LET HIM GO!". Poor Damian :( He was trying to take a picture with a few girls, and getting people to sign up for the mailing list! I don't think that arresting him solved the problem of "people blocking the entrace"... it only drew even MORE of a crowd. Good job, cops! (sarcasm) I still can't believe they actually hauled him off downtown... I thought they'd let him go at the end of the night!! On a lighter note, the show that night was FANTABULOUS, as was the Vinyl Fever show.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Katy* said...

"that is hilarious. i want to see a damian mug shot!!! you should put the picture on shirts and sell 'em!!!"

Dude. Sooooo making a "Free Damian!" t-shirt.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I was there, it was pretty upsetting to see it all go down. He wasn't doing anything wrong, and if they had such a problem with him talking to the fans, why did they only arrest him and not harass the other band members(granted they came out after)? fuck orange county sheriffs. we <3 you damien.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

I live in Jacksonville and go to college in Orlando, so my friends and I were there for that amazing show, and we'll be at Jackrabbits tommorrow to get that last signature on our Ok Go t-shirts. Like my boyfriend said, it totally sucks that Damien got arrested, but MAN, it makes a great story!

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his name. is spelled. with an A.

DamiAn.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously; bring on the mugshot.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Linus said...

Free Damian Kulash!

i'm sure the specials will be planning a reprise of their apartheid protest song post haste... I hope you're planning on covering "everybody needs somebody" at jacksonville tonight and dedicating it to all the members of the orlando law enforcement agencies in the building

thanks for brightening up my lunchtime with the story.

L:>

8:25 AM  
Blogger Pnkrckr1692 said...

Yes i was actually out the sold out orlando show and i thought u guys did awesome i was actually three rows from the front guard rail and yes after the show he did get arrested i saw the whole thing and i thought the performance of your music video live on stage!!!!!!! it was so awesome and it is so cool that he actually got the arresting cop to watch it!!!! come back to orlando so i can see you guys perform again

:)

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor guy Damian met in jail. That must suck. Being in jail has to suck enough on its own, but with a burn like that to go with it? Karma owes that guy one, officially.

~Jessi

6:45 PM  
Blogger Cara Zuri said...

That is about the coolest thing I've ever read in my life.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is so fucked up. i was at that show, but i left after you guys played. i cant believe i missed that!
i hope this doesn't mean that you guys will never come to florida again. next time come to miami.

<3starfranchi

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damian was clearly arrested for being just too damn sexy.

Terrible as it was that he got hassled by the cops, the boy seemed to get through it all just fine. Showing the cops the "A Million Ways" vid? Brilliant. If anything, I love Damian more now than I did before, which is saying something.

Grace under fire; bravo!

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Let's not be too POd at those Florida cops, now. They either have 100 year old people all over or kids under the age of 10, so the first time they spot someone in between, they decide to try and act like NYPD Blue. I hope that the guy who arrested him realizes he missed out on a great bet. Had he known he was gonna arrest the sexiest man in the Orlando area, he might be 100 bucks richer. It's okay, Damian, I still love you. <3

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Lydia said...

He got arrested for talking to fans, got the cops to watch the million ways vid(best vid ever btw) AND smirks for the mugshot. not to mention just being his damn sexy self. Could you get any awsomer?
i think not
Damian, i love you.

3:44 PM  
Blogger syl said...

it would have been even more awesome if he taught the dance to everyone in the cell and got the cops to watch THAT.

hehe. COME TO CANADA! London or Toronto more specifically, i'm sad u cancelled the show :(

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy hell, I don't check the OK Go website for like 2 weeks and this happens. Awesome, just awesome. Could you do it again when you come to Oklahoma City in June? :D

9:33 PM  
Blogger Melaisis said...

You shoulda stayed over here in the UK; much harder to get arrested. xP

I mean, come ON, for giving 'the wrong answer'? Pft!

PFT!

Anyway, well done lads. Rock and roll lifestyle now. ;)

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

I really don't get why he got arrested for taking pictures with fan ?

What the heck is doing the police ? Are they bored or what ?

5:27 AM  
Blogger Naomi said...

Wow. If the police in Florida are that bored, you could have a lot of fun with that. lol, That's just sad.
Damian is my hero.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wowsers...Orlando is now an embarrassment to all who live there with the stupid police who roam unchecked and idiotic. Sorry Damian!

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahhaha that is afrigginmazing. you guys should come do a show in Maine, that would be sooo great.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, just so you know, when were at the HOB on June 23, 2006, to see you guys, not PATD (yuck), the security told us you were never allowed to play there because of the arrest and that Damian was drunk and was being all obnoxious, etc. Whatever, we sold our tickets and went back to the Magic Kingdom. What a way to f*** up a nice vacation.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are missing the truth. The cops are obviously jealous of Damians awesome smoothness with the crowd!

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

OK GO REALLY should come to Brazil.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you guys played with Charlermagne?

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! i really wish i could hav been there! i was on tha othr side of tha states....o well! i cant wait 2 c u guys wen u come out here!!=]

10:34 PM  
Blogger emma said...

Damian, Damian, Damian. How come, even when you're arrested, you look great in the mugshot?? Life's not fair. haha jk. anyways, I saw you guys in Atlanta, and all I have to say is "COME BACK SOON!" anyways, you guys rock, and you'd better keep on rocking! L8r!

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAMIEN KULASH=MY HERO!

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(from Agus and Jime)
hi ok go! we´re from Argentina and we totally love your music, you're awesome!
we´ve seen your mugshot, Damian, it doesn't seem one, actually (but we must admit that you look a bit drunk , are you sure you wasn't? not even a little bit?)(just joking!)
by the way... when-are-you-coming,huuuuuh?! but you should make a good publicity or something before you come, we think.
we desperatly sAy:OH GOD, PLEASE COMEEEEEEEEE!!!! (soon, if posible)
Anyway, we love you ok go!!

kissies from agus and jime

PS: Argentina rocks!!

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Blogger cooknicole said...

Damian pretty much rules!

3:08 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

F'cking lol! That really brightened up my day! And just to say I am pretty fullon jealous of his cell mates ;)

5:34 PM  
OpenID letherselfgo said...

I have liked OK GO for some time, you are all wonderful, and I don't know how you got a band together that could all do the choreography for your videos. I appreciate your blunt and un-publicist-managed manner in interviews and, obviously, with the cops! They just wanted to be doing something exciting instead of dealing with drunken loiterers and nabbed the cutie instead.

4:03 AM  
Anonymous aanel said...

I think im in love ♥.♥!! lol dk♥

2:42 AM  

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