The Onion, the now 24-year-old satirical legend, has fooled many with its sly take on American culture and politics. There’s a whole website devoted to documenting readers who get fooled by its stories.
Many are saying their latest video has reached a new height.
“Gay 12-Year-Old: ‘I Like Eating Lunch Here By Myself’” takes on school bullying – and it really is not, on any level, funny.
It’s ostensibly a news report on Franklin Middle School seventh-grader and ‘closeted homosexual’ Ben McElroy’s solitary lunch hour:
McElroy, who sources reported has been called “faggot” on 43 separate occasions in the past month, confirmed his favorite lunch spot is strategically located on the exact opposite end of the building from both the gymnasium and the hall most frequented by the school’s eighth-graders.
The 12-year-old also told reporters it “felt cool” knowing he had a little corner of the school largely to himself for a moment.
“It’s good that the staircase is also near the band classroom, in case I need to run there for help,” said McElroy, adding that the band teacher, Mrs. Maki, is nice to him and always smiles and says hello. “I used to try to sneak my lunch into the library, which I liked because I could read. But a librarian caught me and told me I wasn’t allowed to bring food in there anymore, so I had to stop.”
In comments on gay websites many are saying: ‘I can relate.’
“Thumbs up to the Onion, from one former gay kid,” says ‘redseven.’
Queerty thought The Onion “was afraid to parody homosexuality,” but in comments their readers overwhelmingly love the video.
I agree, it is strangely moving even though it is definitely satire of the sort which doesn’t make you laugh.
What do you think? Watch:
Image: Onion video screengrab