But the reactions are pretty amusing:
"I am disturbed that the Man is burnt. As I looked at it, I was going, 'This can't be happening,' " said Bob Harms of South Lake Tahoe, a seven-time burner.Like the temple? Wait, is this a Jesus thing? Crap, didn't Nostradamus say the end times would start with a dude from the desert? Is the burning man the second coming? Whoa, trippy.
"Some people were chanting, 'Let him burn, let him burn!' and some were chanting, 'Save the Man, save the Man!' " said Kyle Marx of Eugene, Ore.
"Someone went to a great extent to interfere with everyone else's burn. I think, frankly, an attention whore has made a plea for attention," said a Burning Man volunteer who goes by the name Ranger Sasquatch. "In three days, we will have this rebuilt."
Seriously, though - this year's theme is "The Green Man," so let's make sure we use more wood to rebuild and reburn the green burning man. An act which is not green.
As if trucking out to a desert was a green endeavor to start.