The Best Anti-Gay Bullying Video Ever?

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:

Gay 12-Year-Old: ‘I Like Eating Lunch Here By Myself’


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

Miriam P.: Please, look up "satire" at a reliable source of knowledge.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

id invite him to eat at MY table

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago

i know this isnt a unique sorry, it makes me want to go and further my education and become a science teacher and make my classroom a safe haven for gay kids and help them while they are bullied. if i actually heard a kid tell a story like this i would want to give them a big hug and tell them to stay strong, become educated and tell them they arent alone, even if it seems like it at the time.

Myron Scott
Myron Scott3 years ago

I work with kids. Kids reflect their environment and culture. Plenty of homophobia among kids, like the culture and, presumably, their home environment.

Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf3 years ago

Bullying drives so many intelligent kids to find the safe places in the strangest areas. Bullies should be forced to be in places that no one else go by. They certainly would be lonely without their audience.

Angel C.
.3 years ago

Satire is effective because it hits close to home...

MIriam P.
Miriam P.3 years ago

Why is it okay to publicize the private feelings of this 12 year old? He's not a symbol....he's a person who wants some private time. At that age, even if he's enthusiastic about doing the video, it's a sensitive issue and publicizing it should be avoided.

Suzy D.
Suzy D.3 years ago

This highlights how cruel children can be. I`m so glad I don`t have any.

Rose Becke3 years ago


Erica Cook
Erica Cook3 years ago

Um, guys, though on target for the way things are, you do get this is a satire right?