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.
According to The Onion:
In a press conference to reporters, company representatives said the homophobic new sandwich will include the national fast food chain’s trademark fried chicken filet wrapped in a piece of specially-smoked No Homo ham that would be topped with a slice of Swiss cheese and lathered in a creamy new Thousand Island-based Fag Punching sauce.
OMG… this is hilarious! If you are not familiar with The Onion, it is a site purely of satire. Apparently, Republican Rep. John Fleming was not aware of this and posted an article from The Onion titled, “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Million Abortionplex” as factual on his Facebook page. Deb Ratner’s response is golden as she comments, “The Onion is satire. How exactly did you get elected?” She shoots, she scores! Three points for Deb Ratner!!!