The story popped up on nearly every blog or entertainment/news site imaginable, usually poking fun at the name and situation.
The popular web culture site Uproxx.com (which uses the ironic catch phrase ‘The culture of what’s buzzing’) featured the story with writer Stacey Ritzen saying, “You’d think if you lived in Beeville, you’d be more prepared for random bee attacks. Like there would be some kind of procedure or something?”
Another site, chengwon.com, placed the story under its “Weird News” banner and commented on the story with “The Cantu family probably should have thought about bee attacks before moving to Beeville, in Bee County, Texas, but then that’s the sort of cavalier, devil-may-care attitude you’d expect from people who choose to live in such ominously-named areas.”
They ended it by saying “Top tip: Never visit Beeville.”
Obviously, the world believes we all live in a giant beehive or something.
The blog site Godlike Productions had a small thread that mentioned it and blogger Anonymous Coward, from Japan of all places, posted, “Wow, this smells like a Conspiracy!” which caused another to respond, “I bet the queen was beehind this.”
The story even invaded the airwaves as the ‘Wake Up Call’ morning radio show on 107.9 in Sacramento, California, did an entire six minutes on the subject.
Katie, one of the show’s hosts, said, “Does anyone else feel it’s a bad move to live in Beeville if you’re allergic to bees?” referring to Cantu’s grandson.
And Jason, the other host opposite Katie, decided to poke a bit more fun at our little town by adding, “At some point today, everyone do this. Just google Beeville. Their official website says ‘The City of Beeville’s Website is temporarily undergoing a reconstruction phase,’ and that’s all it says.
“So, I assume it’s been taken over by bees.”
So, once again, our humble little town has made headlines across the globe, even it was for such a dubious situation.
But on the bright side, the entire Cantu family is safe and doing well.
And now they have the entire Internet as a keepsake.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.