The O-town Scene

March 10, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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R.o.B.S. MISSOULA, Mont. _ It’s well known that selling Girl Scout cookies isn’t the innocent business it once was. Today’s Scouts use social marketing tools and mobile phone “apps” to tout their wares, and competition can be fierce as girls compete for big-ticket prizes such as iPads. But one local girl has apparently taken the competition too far, getting herself kicked out of Troop 476 for what troop lead- ers said were inappropriate posts to the social networking websites Facebook and YouTube. “Want to get to know me better? Buy some cookies!,” read one post on the 13-year- old’s Facebook page, accompanied by a photo of a girl reclining on a bed, wearing a bra and underwear. A video posted to YouTube shows the same girl eating a Thin Mint cookie in a sexually suggestive manner. The girl’s name is being withheld by this newspaper because of her age. It’s hard to tell what’s true these days. Take a gander below, and guess if A. and B. are Real or B.S. (Answers at the bottom of the page.) No room for raciness A. in Girl Scout pledge Officials from the Girl Scout Council of Montana and Wyoming did not comment directly on the matter, but added a state- ment to a document on its website titled “The 411 on Online Marketing for Girl Scout Product Activities.” “Girl Scouts using social media to promote cookie sales must do so in an appropriate manner. The merits of the cookie sales pro- gram and the qualities of the product itself should be emphasized above all else.” The inappropriate Web posts were brought to the troop’s attention by another Scout’s mother. The woman, who asked to remain anony- mous, said she was “disgusted” by the posts and felt it set a bad example for the other Girl Scouts. “They see enough of this kind of trash on TV these days without getting it from their fellow Scouts,” the woman said. “I know they say that sex sells, but that has no place in Girl Scouts.” British empire strikes B. back at helmet seller LONDON _ George Lucas’ movie empire is striking back in Britain’s Supreme Court against a prop designer over the iconic stormtrooper helmets from the “Star Wars” films. So far Lucasfilm Ltd. has failed in attempts to stop Andrew Ainsworth from selling replica costumes over the Internet. Ainsworth sculpted the galactic warriors’ white helmets for the original “Star Wars” film in 1977. The High Court ruled in 2008 that the cos- tumes were not works of art and not covered by British copyright law. The Court of Appeal upheld that decision the following year. Now Lucasfilm is asking the Supreme Court to rule on whether U.S. copyrights on “three-dimensional works” can be enforced in England. The hearing began Monday and is set to last three days. Have an idea for a column? E-mail Cassandra at 26 O-Town Scene March 10, 2011 A. is B.S., by Emily Popek; B. is real. Both photos are from The Associated Press

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