Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
Wiz Khalifa at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Corbis
The police can sometimes be accused of going overboard.
Wiz Khalifa, however, is accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of going hoverboard.
The 27-year-old rapper took to Twitter on Saturday offering footage of his arrest at Los Angeles Airport. He accompanied the footage with these words: “All because I didn’t want to ditch the technogy (sic) everyone will be using in the next 6 months. Do what you want kids.”
It seems that Khalifa allegedly disobeyed orders to dismount his hoverboard.
As police detained him, Khalifa mused: “This? I didn’t do nothing, anyway. What you want to do? Put me in jail because I didn’t listen to what you say? We can have all the conversations you want to, you can end up on TMZ, destined to become as famous as you wanna be.”
Twitter can sometimes have even more power than TMZ.
And, as we have come to learn, footage can have more power than one person’s word against another. So when film of Khalifa’s arrest was posted to Instagram, it had some minds hovering between “Huh?” and “Ugh.”
Khalifa is on the ground. The officers are demanding that he quit resisting arrest. Which is odd, because he didn’t seem to be resisting arrest at all.
The LAPD was not immediately available for comment. Perhaps law enforcement is more concerned about TMZ. TMZ reported a law enforcement source as saying that Khalifa was released after allegedly saying sorry and will not face charges.
Hoverboards have incited much excitement in recent times. You can apparently build one using items that are already in your house. Lexus has also teased the idea of a so-called Slide hoverboard, involving magnets and superconductors cooled by liquid nitrogen. Sadly, it isn’t likely to see commercial production any time soon.
I’m not sure, therefore, that the hoverboard will be in everyone’s hands in six months’ time. I feel more confident, however, that Khalifa’s arrest will serve to heighten the excitement for hovering, if not disturbing some with the apparent enthusiasm of the police officers.
There is something rather enticing about the idea of hovering to work. Indeed, now that Khalifa is out of the LAPD’s clutches, he’s continued to declare his love for the technology.
He tweeted: “I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don’t like it eat a d***!”
He also mused of the LAPD officers: “What’s even funnier than them not bein able to do s*** is they’ll be riding them soon as well. Maybe ones I design.”
The police on Wizboards. Now that is a future I can’t wait for.