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What's The Bunion?
September 29, 2000 3:18 PM   Subscribe

What's The Bunion? It's a parody of The Onion. That's right, a parody of a parody. Sheesh! Funny, though.
posted by miamirelative (7 comments total)

 
Depends on your sense of humor, I suppose. It seemed pretty stupid and unoriginal to me. (Except for maybe the "Area Man Joke Gone Too Far" headline. The Onion does seem to use that term in every issue.)
posted by waxpancake at 3:31 PM on September 29, 2000


Rule of thumb: a parody should be smarter than the object of its ridicule. A dumb parody is a wretched creature indeed. The Bunion is a dumb parody. Now, The Onion probably *is* ripe for some sort of skewering, but that would require research and planning, not lazy semantic tomfoolery. Or does mocking up someone else's layout constitute a parody on its own terms? The question of the hour, perhaps one for the ages.
posted by highindustrial at 3:57 PM on September 29, 2000


What? No Herbert Kornfeld...mayhaps as Hitler? Eminen?

bah humbug.

"Wacky Pop Culture Reference Made in Reference to Above Photo"

"body part was this big"

"Look at my t-shirt. It's Heracles vs Epiphanes. F--king brilliant"

"Black man dares to open mouth about X"

"Janet Reno explains surgery hiccup X"

"Area man taunts police to handcuff him after 'pooping' in town water supply"

(yes, I know. That's the point.)
posted by holloway at 5:58 PM on September 29, 2000


I think the point is to attack the formulas that the onion uses. Parody and satire don't have to be funnier than the original but they do have to make a point about it. I think that the bunion does.
posted by davidgentle at 7:15 PM on September 29, 2000


They should have got Greg Knauss to do it.
posted by holgate at 7:38 PM on September 29, 2000


Once they parodied the typical "Take a mundane midwestern/office/suburban event and make it a news story," it all went down hill from there. That's mostly what the onion does, and if you try hard not to remember the formula it makes for hilarious weekly reading.
posted by skallas at 2:26 AM on September 30, 2000


Been there.
Done that.
Got bored.
Moved on.
Didn't beat it to death. (Maybe THAT was my mistake.)
posted by wendell at 8:08 AM on September 30, 2000


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