NBC's crack Dateline reporters ventured into the wild lands of East Oakland, California, to check out the sideshow phenomenon. Quoth NBC's Josh Mankiewicz: "What follows is an exhibition of urban street-driving and doing what are called 'donuts.' With music in the background, audiences watch screeching tires and burning rubber." The interesting bit about this piece is that besides the Onionesque use of the word "donuts" in quotation marks, both the OPD and the sideshow crowd come off looking dumb. Oakland now has legislation in the works to enable the seizure of vehicles involved in sideshows, hot on the heels of the city's anti-crusing-for-streetwalkers seizure ordinance.
Oakland Cars Gone Wild [MSNBC]
Pick Up a Ho, Lose Your Whip [Internal]