Hawken office prank replaces scantily clad female with male hunk

Stunt caused Meteor Entertainment CEO to change his views on decorating the office.

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An office prank to replace a framed picture of a scantily clad female mechanic with that of a muscular man in his underpants has caused the CEO of Hawken publisher Meteor Entertainment to reconsider his views.

The poster-sized artwork, said to be displayed prominently in the office of Meteor CEO Mark Long, features the mechanic clutching a welding iron while wearing tiny denim shorts and a top that exposes her midriff and chest.

"I loathe this picture," wrote an anonymous employee to The Hawkeye Initiative, saying it was "one thing I did not love about my job."

"Why do I loathe it? How, you ask, can I stay mad at a sweet young belle who has so obviously taken a break from her important welding to offer me a piping hot cup of coffee and/or a vigorous hand job?"

The employee enlisted the aid of coworker Sam Kirk, who spent a month and a half designing a picture of a scantily clad male mechanic, dubbed Bro-sie the Riveter, and replaced the female picture with her male counterpart as an April Fools' prank.

"It was glorious," wrote the employee. "There Brosie stood, proud, nipples testing the air like young gophers in springtime, the post-apocalyptic breeze gently swaying his banana hammock. Brosie said, loud and proud: 'Get ready, world! I am here to lubricate your joints and tighten your socket.'"

When Meteor Entertainment CEO Mark Long arrived at the office, however, panic started to creep in. "We are both suddenly and painfully aware that we have, in fact, just punked the CEO of our company. He is by all accounts an awesome dude. He is also a late-'50s ex-army guy who happens to determine our employment futures in an at-will state."

Long's response, however, was to display both pictures side by side. When he approached the employee, he reportedly said, "That was a brilliant prank. You called me on exactly the bulls**t I need to be called on. I put up pictures of half-naked girls around the office all the time and I never think about it. I'm taking you and Sam to lunch. And after that, we're going to hang both prints, side by side."

In conclusion, the anonymous employee says that "many of the guys who are behind that stupid, constant crap are totally decent, open-minded human beings who just don't realize they're doing it. You know how sometimes you don't realize how much you and your girlfriend are talking about shoes or menstruation until some dude walks into the room? Well sometimes guys don't realize how much they're talking about ti**ies."

"Let's turn this damn industry into the environment we want it to be."

Hawken is currently in open beta.

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Discussion

222 comments
Takeno456
Takeno456

That was a good prank. The bosses reaction was good too.

vadagar1
vadagar1

hmmm he needs more body hair though : /


xeoneex66
xeoneex66

""Why do I loathe it? How, you ask, can I stay mad at a sweet young belle who has so obviously taken a break from her important welding to offer me a piping hot cup of coffee and/or a vigorous hand job?""   

""It was glorious," wrote the employee. "There Brosie stood, proud, nipples testing the air like young gophers in springtime, the post-apocalyptic breeze gently swaying his banana hammock. Brosie said, loud and proud: 'Get ready, world! I am here to lubricate your joints and tighten your socket.'""

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA  *falls off chair laughing*

vadagar1
vadagar1

everyone wants to be in teh navy ....


Johny I BLAME YOUUU

Altares36
Altares36

"Welding Iron" Seriously? It's a cutting torch. It does the exact opposite of welding.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

For once, the right way to tackle this subject. Bravo.

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

I don't think either of those outfits are safe to work in.

Spectre1987
Spectre1987

The girl version is pretty hot all around but the male versions face.....

brunocj2
brunocj2

much prefer the male version. :-p

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

the employees have steel balls.....good for them!

thread-of-red
thread-of-red

Perfect response. Realises he's in  the wrong but doesn't overdue it into political correctness, hanging both is the best option, eye candy for all;)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

See this is a guy who gets it.  Doesn't immediately take down the female picture in a cowardly PC backpedal.  Puts both up instead.

Poodger
Poodger

Funny prank, but I feel it was coming from the wrong place. I would have pulled a prank like this just for the sake of it being funny. But to actually be angry at the scantily clad female poster is just lame.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Will we se the babe at this year's E3? :P

hadlee73
hadlee73

Love it. Wish there was more of this hilarity in an otherwise over-serious industry :)

decoy1978
decoy1978

Brosie, "Its time to lubricate joints and tighten sockets!" Thats just awesome!

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Taking a month and a half to draw that? That can't be right, it must be a typo.  It must be an HOUR and a half, any decent artist can do it in that short a time.

That aside, that is a pretty funny prank.  

Atolm1
Atolm1

Ha, love it! And the man drawing is hot.

Lachy_Balboa
Lachy_Balboa

This is stupid. It's not like it was in the lobby or anything, Its his office and its his own free will what he wants to put in there.

Shielder7
Shielder7

If you got offended of either one of these pictures you're  an idiot.

pip3dream
pip3dream

Fucking awesome.  So hilarious, yet poignant - as the best humor is.  Hey, REMEMBER ME dev, you guys paying attention to this?  

made_u_look
made_u_look

@franzito I took it, the co-worker was peeved with the scantly clad women. But not to the point of outrage. So as a playful prank replaced it with a scantly clad dude. Which I find hilarious, to many uptight people in the world, glad everyone had a laugh about it.

SoreThumbsBill
SoreThumbsBill

@thread-of-red 

How was he in the wrong? The poster was in the CEO's office. He didn't hang it in some random wall.

It's like having a sexy wallpaper and someone replaces it with a half naked dude to prank you. And you decide to use both as your wallpaper.

I believe that CEO liked the muscular mechanic a little more than he should!

Kickable
Kickable

@Poodger It's an office with 50% female employees that greets them every day with a pair of cartoonishly large undertits.  It's not surprising at all that it'd be an issue and reasonably so.  The CEO gets it, he said as much.  She doesn't sound angry anyway she clearly has a sense of humor about it and knows it's not deliberately insensitive.  These situations usually end in a lawsuit instead of a prank.

xxpigbenis
xxpigbenis

@Poodger I believe the prank "Do-er" and the upset anonymous letter were from different people. At least that's what it sounds like

vadagar1
vadagar1

@SciFiCat it would take a month and a half to pick a guy from a list of super hot sexy men XD

Poodger
Poodger

@SciFiCat Well considering that they aren't getting paid to do this, plus the fact that they had to be secretive and use exact specifications to imitate the original poster, AND the time it took to order a print and all that goes with it, it is very believable that it took a month to produce this.

LavaEater5
LavaEater5

@SciFiCat Many graphic artists are not Picassos or (more accurately) Devincis, some are just decent. It's not cool to mock people because you are better than them.  

Altares36
Altares36

@cuddlyfuzzle@Altares36

For starters, it simply is. It would be like calling what the dude is holding a screwdriver when it's clearly a wrench. 

Second, there's no such thing as a "welding iron".  That's a made up word basically.

Third, welding doesn't involve fire, it's electricity. Fire is used for brazing which is a different process. 

Lastly, a quick google search for cutting torch.

http://www.soyouwanna.com/Content/images/store/6/11/f62c0c9c-2899-b6ed-8b00-cdc701e1a2e9.Full.jpg 

And in her left hand is the striker used to light it. 

http://img4.fastenal.com/productimages/0810250_hr4c.jpg.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@SoreThumbsBill @thread-of-red he is a CEO and he can't handle situations like you, a man with a  5 year old brain ....he has to be stable calm and has the right amount of humor/authority

and what if he liked that pic better.... *stares at sorethumbsbill with squinted eyes* 

Kickable
Kickable

@SoreThumbsBill @thread-of-red maybe not that poster.  He said himself he's hung other pictures up all over the office and admitted he needed to be called on it.  It was on an out-facing wall of an office that's 50%  female employees, it's one of the first things people see when they walk into the place.

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

@Kickable @Poodger Yeah, it seems like a situation that could have resulted in a sexual harassment lawsuit, instead lead to an office prank that helped the CEO realize his mistake.  No one got sued, fired, or torn apart by the media. Everyone came out of this situation alright which is great news in my opinion.

Artsay
Artsay

@LavaEater5 he's not mocking him, and also as a visual artist a drawing like that would take me about 45 to 60 minutes so i agree with him in thnking its a typo, or the guy did it very slowly during his breaks of something.

made_u_look
made_u_look

@OldKye @chaos-commander @Altares36 She has safety goggles, you don't need them on if the torch is lit. Only require them when your wielding or cutting. And cutting torch is same as a Oxy-Acetylene torch. Cutting metal is determined by how much oxygen/Acetylene your releasing to increase heat and same goes for fusing the metal, its been awhile since I did any welding but I did take a course in it while in college and in the Navy. Other forms of welding are more used for exotic metals like aluminum.

OldKye
OldKye

@chaos-commander @Altares36 What I want to know is why isn't she wearing proper eye protection and why is a mechanic wearing a army helmet?

Why are they putting women in danger and overprotecting men? >.> <.<

chaos-commander
chaos-commander

@Altares36 actually there is one form of welding that uses an oxy-acetylene torch its just melting two pieces of metal together because the correct definition for welding is fusing two pieces of metal together. but yes welding iron does not exist and cutting torche is not the correct term ether.