As we all know, The Onion is a site which only writes comedy which is typically satirical in nature, and will include any and every topic in the news. Politics, sports, entertainment, you name it, they’ll write it. Sometimes, though, an article may be so well written by including the facts of a newsworthy event that sometimes it is difficult to tell if it is actual or satire. In fact, last February, Republican House Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana thought an article was real that was posted to the Onion’s website on May 18, 2011 that headlined, “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.” Fleming went on a rant on his Facebook page – until someone informed him that the Onion is farce. He looked like a complete fool. Honestly, that article was too satirical to have been confused with reality. Fleming so wanted it to be true that he thought it was.
Today The Onion posted an article called, “Nation’s Debate Viewers Disgusted With Selves After Connecting With Mitt Romney” and this one truthfully appears to be more fact than fiction. Maybe The Onion wanted to get a dig into Romney rather than write complete satire. Since it is such a short article, I will post it in it’s entirety here. But do go check out their site especially if you are wanting some laughs, or have never visited it before.
WASHINGTON—As they awoke this morning, millions of Americans reportedly let out a heavy groan of regret upon remembering they had made an emotional connection with Republican nominee Mitt Romney last night during his first debate with President Barack Obama. “Oh my god, I’m pretty sure I liked him. Like, on a personal level, I connected with Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney,” said Pennsylvania resident Tom Gorelick, 26, adding that he can barely look at himself in the mirror now that he’s seen Romney as an appealing, charismatic speaker who could in fact become President of the United States. “Am I somebody who is going to vote for Mitt Romney now? Did I just ask that question out loud? I feel gross.” At press time, Gorelick was taking a scalding hot shower and vigorously scrubbing his body with steel wool.
See what I’m saying? Fact or fiction? This could very easily be true – and I imagine there are people who feel similar. Of course not scrubbing their body with steel wool, though. I, however, found Romney to be even more repulsive, undesirable and dangerous than ever before. His “charisma” – which I never witnessed – would have been nothing more than a lie in order to capture the 47% he so willingly denounced earlier this year in a private fund-raising event.