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Posts Tagged ‘The Onion’

What’s Weingarten Writing?

I give WaPo “humorist” Gene Weingarten a lot of crap about his weekly column and not to worry, that continues today. I’m first to admit that Weingarten is capable of amazing writing that touches readers on many emotional levels that range from reeling in disgust from his poop humor to laughing at his candor. These days, however, his weekly column rarely reaches such great heights unless he’s writing about or imitating FishbowlDC. It’s recycled jokes, stale bits and observations that only elderly curmudgeons can relate to.

This week is no different as Gene tackles the RED-HOT controversy surrounding The Onion tweeting the dreaded “C-Word”  with regards to Quvenzhané Wallis. Yes, THAT controversy from over a month ago. Gene uses it as a launchpad to discuss which jokes are appropriate and inappropriate to make. He writes, “Are there subjects so controversial that you just can’t joke about them? I believe the answer is no. You just have to do it right.” Fundamentally, I agree with Weingarten. You can read my original take on The Onion‘s joke here. So, this week should be easy! Gene and I will agree and we’ll all move on and be besties, right?

Well, not exactly. Read more

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In Defense of The Onion

By now, you’ve heard about the fury surrounding the tweet that The Onion sent out during the Oscars that read,  “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c–t, right? #Oscars2013” Now, that’s a pretty horrible joke. That’s the thing: It was a joke. It’s not a joke that I would make, but, it was a joke that mocked the culture surrounding the Oscars and how society treats their stars.

We build these celebrities up and then spend HOURS of red-carpet coverage beating them up over their wardrobe and lifestyle choices. The Onion is satirical and their tweet was a way to drive home the point that we can be a dark society that rips people to shreds. If you didn’t like their tweet, but DO watch TMZ, congratulations, you’re a hypocrite. Unless, of course, you’re just offended by “The C-word” and not the actual sentiment of the joke.  If that’s the case, who really cares if you’re offended?  Read more