Peeling The Onion

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September 7, 2012 by McDowski

So I came across this article on The Onion about Andy Roddick retiring, and it made me wonder (and not for the first time): why, exactly, do people like this website and its articles?

Is their brand of satire really that clever? I certainly don’t think so. For some reason, it has been given the mantle of go-to witty social and political commentary. But not only is their sense of humor less than brilliant, it’s reminiscent of jokes that I used to crack when I was 16.

Take the above linked article. The headline is clever enough – “Andy Roddick Retires at the Top of Everyone Else’s Game.” Then the first paragraph expands on that a little, and the second has a decent fake-quote from Roddick. The rest of the article then devolves into repetition, with the author essentially trying to restate the same joke in as many ways he could. After all, if it was mildly amusing the first time, then it must be fucking hilarious the eighth time!

And it just confirms what I’ve felt for years: The Onion is an overrated piece of shit. Much like its vegetarian counterpart, prolonged exposure brings tears to my eyes.

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