Strickland’s message, sent while Councilman Joe Brown was comparing a proposed parking garage for food trucks to a ship built on top of an igloo, was re-tweeted by several high profile investigative reporters who wanted to know what Flinn was doing with his hand in his shirt.
“It’s just disrespectful,” Brown later explained. “Every time somebody else starts talking he puts his right hand under his left armpit, and he pumps his elbow up and down like half a funky chicken.”
“It sounds just like someone passing gas,” Strickland says, struggling not to laugh. “Sometimes it’s high pitched and squeaky, sometimes it’s loose and juicy. But it is always hilarious. And entirely inappropriate when Council is in session.”
This isn’t the first time Flinn has been at the center of a major media controversy. In April, 2011 Flinn was grounded for a week by the Council for giving Wanda Halbert something she called a “Wet Willie.”
“It’s when you put your index finger in your mouth to coat it with saliva, and then you stick it in somebody’s ear,” Halbert explained. “And yes it’s just as nasty as it sounds.”
“He doesn’t always make those sounds under his arm either,” said Janis Fullilove, stopping momentarily to swat at the air and complain about “crazy snakes.”
“You’d be amazed at all the places on his body where that man can make a fart noise,” Fullilove said. “It is almost beyond belief.”
Councilman Flinn was unable to comment having invited several friends to join him for a weekend snipe hunt in Arkansas.