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Weighing In On Their Own Controversy, the Onion Brilliantly Satirizes Even When They're Satirizing Themselves

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 4, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 4, 2013 |

The Onion finally gave us the post-racial, post-modern, post-Obama, post C-word headline we’ve been waiting for, as they addressed the controversy that erupted last week over calling nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis a c**t.

New Study Finds ‘The Onion’ Has Never Been More Popular, More Beloved, Or More Respected

Satire or self-fulfilling?

The text read, in part:

Following one of the finest and most widely praised weeks in the history of The Onion, a new study published today found that the trusted news outlet has never been more popular, more admired, or more respected among Americans, with record numbers of readers saying the last five or six days in particular constitute a veritable high watermark for the company. “I love The Onion’s reporting now more than ever, especially their social media presence and live coverage of events, and I can’t think of anything that has happened recently that would make me think they are anything but flawless and beyond reproach,” said Onion reader James Harte, echoing the opinion of 311 million Americans who ranked the paper above all other news outlets in areas such as fairness and credibility, and who said they are unable to recall a single instance, particularly recently, in which they’ve ever been displeased with anything The Onion has said or done.

… and that’s how you do that, folks. And now hopefully I won’t have to try and spell Quvenzhané Wallis again until the release of the Annie remake, because I can’t even get close enough in its spelling to get a helpful recommendation from Google. The controversy did, however, expose one man, Edward Champion, for the f***ing, narcissistic wackjob troll that he is.

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