Update 9:54 PM: I am removing the video from this site.
Update 9:45 PM: The video has been removed!!!!
Update 4:55: Hot Air posts
Update 4:20 PM central time: Looks like this video was enough to move many other milbloggers to post about it and write letters to The Onion. Mrs. Greyhawk is keeping track of all the blog posts going up about this.
Thank you very much for bringing this issue to our attention. We completely agree with you that the Onion’s story was inappropriate, and we are working with them to resolve this as soon as possible. Please accept our sincere apology, and assurance that it is not our intention to support offensive or harmful content.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Update 8:25 AM central time: I went for my walk and thought I could cool down a little about this and I can’t! I’m flipping mad! I recently spent some time with our wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Working with (as a volunteer) Soldiers’ Angels has allowed me the wonderful opportunity to get one on one time with these brave men and women. Not only do they have to deal with the medical and psychological wounds of war, but almost all of them express that the hardest thing about being wounded is not being able to return to the frontline with their brothers and sisters in arm. This is not humor folks!
I standby my earlier knee-jerk reaction to call for a boycott of The Onion until they remove the video, make a public apology and do something to help our heroes.
Update: Mrs. Greyhawk is not amused either.
I have always loved The Onion, but once I saw their latest poor taste video where they put our nation’s wounded heroes into a parody – we are done. Now I might change my mind if they take the video down, apologize and donate some money to our wounded – but for now I think we should boycott them.
Go read the entirety of the article from Bill & Bobs Excellent Afghan Adventure. He has done his homework on this.
One of the actors in the skit, Brian Huskey, is on the Sonic commercials.
I’m not going to eat at Sonic until this video is removed from The Onion’s website. I’m not going to buy from Foster’s Lager, Screenlife LLC (makers of DVD games like “Scene It?”) and Burger King, who I’ve seen advertised on the Onion, until they remove the offending skit.
The Onion editorial email: email@example.com
Advertising at The Onion: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of PR for Screen life, LLC: email@example.com
Sonic Director of External Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonic regional contact information can be found at:
The offensive video can be seen here. I hate to even give them one hit for it, but you need to decide for yourself if you are as offended and outraged as I am. In The Know: How Can We Make The Iraq War More Handicap Accessible?