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CHICAGO -- The satirical newspaper The Onion is attracting some public ire for an image that shows an airliner about to crash into Chicago's Willis Tower, the tallest building in the country. The image, in a video on The Onion's website showcasing its stories, shows an airplane emblazoned with the company name Sears flying toward the iconic black skyscraper, which for decades was named Sears Tower and headquarters to the retail chain. A narrator intones, "Sears extremists fly a plane into Willis Tower."
The image generated more than 3,200 responses on The Onion's Facebook page by Friday evening, many denouncing the use of an image reminiscent of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
"9-11 must never be the fodder for jokes. Perhaps you didn't see the news that humor died after 9-11."
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A popular Somali comedian and playwright who mocked Islamist militants for brainwashing children and killing civilians has been shot dead.
A video showing elementary school students learning songs praising Barack Obama for his "great accomplishments" and efforts to "make this country's economy No. 1 again" is generating anger from conservatives today.
humor is a harsh thing
I suppose it might be funny that so many are outraged at The Onion - an irreverent satirical organization if it weren't for the appearance that people seem to get more outraged at things like The Onion's recent tasteless joke instead of the fact that this "war on terror" has dramatically and shockingly altered a Constitutional republic and led to an alarming acceptance of police state tactics.
Okay strike that last remark and amend it to say, at least we don't brainwash our children...wait...
Originally posted by beezzer
9/11 created loss. A loss of innocence. A loss of freedoms. A loss of security. A loss of invulnerability. And a loss of humour.
I don't think we'll ever get the toothpaste back into the tube.
Originally posted by Frogs
I like the Onion, though I don't think they are quite as funny as the once were. Nothing to do with this latest controversy, I just think in general their jokes have gone down a little bit. Though the still have their moments.
That being said, they are kind of like Family Guy, Simpsons, Southpark, etc in that there are not sacred cows for the Onion. Pretty much everything is fair game.
You can’t portray Muhammad on American television anymore
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
The image in the op is distasteful I have one of the most twisted since of humor a person can have but i found that disturbing.
Originally posted by Southern Guardian
reply to post by Jean Paul Zodeaux
What do you get when you peel an onion? You get red and blue stripes, what do you see Jean? I'm guessing the red stripes just don't show up for you now do they?