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Dude, Not Funny!: A lot of articles can get this reaction. Specific examples include:
An Onion tweet on February 24, 2013 (Academy Award night) called 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis a veryrude word, claiming that everyone else was afraid to admit she was one. It was a parody of all the insinuations and nasty comments on social media that Wallis was being a brat at the Oscars, taken way too far. The response on Twitter was huge and angry, resulting in a sincere apology, the first ever in the Onion's history. Unfortunately, the tweet also led to a lot ofmisdirected finger pointing at the staff of The AV Club, who had nothing to do with the tweet, and were effectively only chosen because they're slightly more visible than the more anonymous writers for The Onion — they're also effectively completely separate operations, right down to not even having offices in the same state. One blogger's demands that The AV Club's film editor also apologize for the tweet resulted in a groundswell of support for the site from the critic community.
Millions Of Americans Wearing Floyd Landis-Inspired Bracelets, at the time, was a parody of Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG bracelets making fun of then-Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, who was almost immediately found guilty of doping. However, a few years later, Armstrong himself would admit to doping during each one of his Tour de France wins as well. The Onion Store now sells yellow plastic bracelets with "CHEAT TO WIN" on them.
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge defines "Heisman Trophy" as "nation's highest honor that can be given to a date rapist." In 2013 (the year after the book was published), Florida State QB Jameis Winston won the Heisman after a season in which he was accused of, but ultimately not charged for, a date rape of a fellow student.
The April 8, 1998 issue had the headline: "Cubs Eliminated From Playoff Contention." The Cubs went on to make the playoffs that year.
"Michael Moore Honored With New Ben & Jerry's Flavor" mocks that company's liberal leanings by saying they have invented a new flavor named after Michael Moore called "The Waffle Truth" that had vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered waffle cone pieces. Two years later, Ben & Jerry's did come out with a new flavor named for liberal (faux-conservative) icon Stephen Colbert called "Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream", which has....vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered waffle cone pieces.
"Historic 'Blockbuster' Store Offers Glimpse Of How Movies Were Rented In The Past", due to the November 6, 2013 announcement that the Blockbuster chain's physical stores were shutting down due to the inability to compete with the advent of digital downloads on Netflix and the Internet in general. Another business that had a historical museum was Borders, which also folded not long after the video was made.
With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state, it looks like the drugs are actually winning the drug war.