Okay, I'll admit it. I've become a bit obsessed with Prince Mongo. It's too much fun watching Memphis' favorite 333-year-old alien making a nuisance of himself somewhere else for a change. This week, Volusia (Florida) County officials seem to be playing right into Mongo's hands by attempting to reason with him and "give him the parameters for what he can and can't do," as county councilman Josh Wagner told the Orlando Sentinel. A code-enforcement case against Mongo was postponed until May 5th. In the meantime, Wagner and others are trying to help Mongo understand that he can do a lot to personalize his yard without painting his house seven different colors or creating sculptures using women's underpants. Mongo's attorney, Eric Latinsky, told the Sentinel that his client plans to create new sand dunes so he can grow sea oats and other beach plants, which might sound like a slight improvement to some, but experienced Mongo watchers know that this is probably the prelude to a whole new level of weirdness and neighbor baiting.
Is Ernie Lunati giving Prince Mongo a bad name? The Shelby County mayoral candidate claims to work for a Zambodian newspaper and performs comedy routines under the name "Prince Mongo's Brother." He recently weighed in on the Bridges McRae mistrial, blaming the beating of Duanna Johnson, a black transgender prostitute, on a quirk in the African-American character. "It's strange about black people, they don't want to take orders from a white man. It's a psychological block," Lunati says in a video posted to YouTube. Lunati further suggested that the violence against Johnson could have been avoided if a black police officer had intervened, saying, "Get your monkey ass up here and roll your thumb like the man tell you to do." Lunati claims that everything he says is a parody.