I’m done with The Onion

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.

Others blogging about this:
John of Argghhh!
Blackfive and Laughing Wolf
Major Chuck Z
Troy Steward
Cassandra

I also received this e-mail today from Anita.Lavine@screenlifegames.com>:

Dear Greta,

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.

Best,
Anita Lavine

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: editorial@theonion.com

Advertising at The Onion: advertising@theonion.com

Director of PR for Screen life, LLC: anita.lavine@screenlifegames.com

Sonic Director of External Communications: christi.woodworth@sonicdrivein.com

Sonic regional contact information can be found at:

http://www.sonicdrivein.com/business/newsroom/viewContactUs.jsp?publis

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?

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13 Responses to I’m done with The Onion

  1. Nice Deb December 12, 2008 at 8:37 am #

    Profoundly unfunny.

  2. Conservative Belle December 12, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Disgraceful.

  3. Silke December 12, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Yes, they’ve gone too far…even for the Onion.

  4. Nicki December 12, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    I’m with Belle on this … absolutely disgraceful!

  5. Whitney December 12, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    Wow, that just makes me sick.

  6. Don Singleton December 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    Pathetic

  7. @MailOurMilitary December 12, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    Automatic unfollow in my book

  8. Lisa eM. Rodgers December 12, 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    I am disgusted, appalled and angered by this video. My father is a Vietnam Veteran and my husband is an Iraqi War Veteran. Our Military and their families have sacrificed everything. They deserve respect, especially the injured!

  9. julie December 13, 2008 at 9:07 am #

    Absolutely disgraceful. What the Bleep were they thinking! They will definitely hear from me and I’ll repost to spread the word.

  10. Greta December 13, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks everyone. The power of the internet worked!

  11. Stray January 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    Well… I thought it was hilarious, haha. I think The Onion’s satire is very easy to misunderstand, because people are used to thinking of satire as being aimed at someone, but the Onion’s material is more about absurdism. If you think the Onion is mocking disabled veterans then the joke is totally going over your heads.

  12. Greg May 24, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Have to agree with Stray – you people just don’t get it. Satire and comedy are not the same thing. Yes, satire can be funny, but that is not the definition of satire. Let me state that I am not a fan of the Onion as I find most of their stuff inane and useless, but this piece makes a social statement unlike almost anything else they’ve produced. Again, to mimic Stray, if you think they’re making fun of injured vets, you just don’t get it.

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