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God's shoulders began to shake, and He wept. [Sep. 27th, 2001|12:15 am]
Roy Janik
The Onion has really risen to the occasion. The new issue is awe-inspiring in its ability to create comedy out of the Sept. 11th destruction of the Twin Towers. But this article, in particular, is the best thing by them I've ever read. It's everything satire should be: funny on one level, scathing on another, and educational and convincing on the next. For God's sake, read it:

http://www.theonion.com/onion3734/god_clarifies_dont_kill.html
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[User Picture]From: swordfish
2001-09-27 10:01 am (UTC)

im not sure if i like it or not. god knows that i dont expect much out of the onion anymore, but this issue raises some questions with me.
of course, the onion cant be especially controversial with this, but they seemed to have erred on the side of tameness. while in and of itself, the articles are funny, and the God article was fucking hilarious, much of the issue was taken up by pseudohumourous "what a day this was" sort of stuff. i cant fault them for this, because...well, fuck. it was quite a day. BUT, the "life turns into jerry bruckheimer movie" had great moments, but it descended into nostalgia and poetic descriptions of shit blowing up. all part of the irony, of course, but teary remembrances of 9/11 is not what i read the onion for.
i dont know, i dont want to sound insensitive, and im glad that the onion did this, but there's nothing edgy about it. the closest they get to edgy was (i thought) "US assures victory...", which had all the real edginess of a Chuck Barris routine.
also, i was disoriented by the ParentCorner thing. no humor whatsoever. odd. laudable, but odd.
i suppose they've done the best they can, making people laugh at the (in my opinion) greatest non-war tragedy to ever affect america, but it didnt seem like the onion to me.
i could ramble forever, but im in the PCL, and they have a timer.
gday all
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[User Picture]From: swordfish
2001-09-27 10:02 am (UTC)
also, the "Woman bakes flag cake" article is EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH THE ONION in one convenient package.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-09-27 10:10 am (UTC)
I admit that the "Woman Bakes Flag Cake" was luke warm throughout, but there was one bit that I thought was golden, and that was the presentation of the cake. Hold on...

"I baked a cake," said Pearson, shrugging her shoulders and forcing a smile as she unveiled the dessert in the Overstreet household later that evening. "I made it into a flag."

The understated nature of that scene I thought was brilliantly portrayed.
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From: (Anonymous)
2001-09-27 10:54 am (UTC)

onion? water lily?

that was definitely the best article. thanks for posting that. enjoyed the disertation on managing bellows, although it made no sense to me as I am not musically inclined. however, I am inclined to enjoy the likes of accordions and concertinas so it was fun to read.

-c
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2001-09-27 11:57 am (UTC)
Huzzah to the Onion. They really did handle this with tact and care.
I was seriously worried they wouldn't handle it much at all. But if you notice there is really relatively little mention of the day or buildings itself. Jokes about Religion, what to do when we should feel patriotic, response, etc but they really avoided the event which is why I think it goes over so well.
As for Ben's comments, I mostly agree, they are up and down as of late, though I think they have been slowly improving. For a while there it lost so much satire and got into too many dicka nd fart jokes, which while funny, was never what I looked to the Onion for. But in their defense of why some of it was was nostalgic, they are a business adn they have to keep makig money and the fact is that while some of us, as attested to by dinner table conversations, can stomach some strong, albethey politically incorrect jokes about it, many can't. They had to aim for the least common denominator to maintain subscribers and advertisers, I'm sure in the hallways of the offices there were some zingers.
But in general, I have to agree that prior to this, they were lukewarm lately in general.
Plus they left out horoscopes this week, or I missed them at least. Bastards.
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