The Onion: Speaking truth to the powerless

I really should keep up more with The Onion, as it often has very funny stuff. This video shows a poor white guy explaining why he’s rethought his vote for Trump. I have to say that this is one of the most hilarious videos I’ve seen in a long time, and it’s funny because it’s truthful! (Note the quote from Judith Butler.)

h/t: Stash Krod


  1. Posted June 18, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    +1 & sub

  2. claudia baker
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Haha – love this.
    I don’t understand 99% of what he is talking about though. Guess I should attend a workshop or two!

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      Or at least read a Butler’s volume or two.

  3. BJ
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I saw this when it came out and thought it was a brilliant way to bring home the point that far left academics not only deal almost solely in topics that would be of absolutely no interest to any common citizen, but also do so in a way that makes them purposefully inaccessible by the wider populace. But these are the ideas that they think will somehow change the world.

    Here is another one of my favorite Onion videos. It’s from 2009, but it’s relevant to something we’ve talked about previously, and also absolutely hilarious (I was only reminded about it because it was my next link on youtube after I looked up the video posted here): First Female Dictator Hailed As Step Forward For Women

    • GBJames
      Posted June 18, 2017 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      That one is great. I hadn’t seen it before!

      • Travis
        Posted June 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

        The Onion was ahead of the curve, in this respect.

        Another person who was probably too far ahead (as a provocateur and brilliant satirist) was Dick Masterson with his book and website Men Are Better Than Women, which was big about a decade ago

  4. Derek Freyberg
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Funny, but way too long.
    Still, the Onion is a reliable source of humor: my favorite is the “American Voices”, in which the job titles of the speakers are almost as good as their comments on the topic at hand.

    • BJ
      Posted June 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      I love the Onion, but while it was always politically neutral, I’m unfortunately seeing a lot less of that neutrality since Univision took over the site and its sister sites. Every site Univision snatches up it immediately turns into a website for regressives. AV Club used to be one of my favorite pop culture websites and almost never talked about politics (because a pop culture website should mostly be talking about pop culture, though it can of course work in politics when the specific piece of pop culture it’s discussing is explicitly political). Now every other news section headline is about Trump, nearly every pop culture analysis has to somehow work in sexism, racism, islamophobia, gender politics, etc., and the site has become basically unreadable. It was always a site that leaned left, but it has now become so nakedly political in its agenda that I can no longer stand it.

      • Posted June 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

        This one targets the regressives, however.

        • BJ
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

          It does, but I’ve noticed a shift in the amount of targeting done. And not just since Trump, but rather since the Univision takeover well before the Orange Menace was unleashed.

  5. Merilee
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink


  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    If only we could get every resentful old white guy to attend a gender-fluid non-binary poetry slam at Swarthmore! 🙂

    That’s effin’ hilarious.

  7. Elizabeth Powell
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    You need more spokespeople like me–raised in Appalachia on a college campus. I can speak both. And respect both. The Dems MUST remind voters: Our party gave you everything you still want to count on: Medicare, Social Security, 40 hour work weeks, Child Labor Laws…on and on. The simple truth works.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    That Judith Butler is some clear writer, huh? ‘Bout as clear as the Venusian atmosphere — all hot air and noxious gases.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 18, 2017 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

      And very, very dense.

  9. rickflick
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I knew Trump was dropping in the polls, I just hadn’t figured out why until now.

  10. Denise
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    That is hilarious.

  11. Posted June 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    About ten years ago Judith Butler won the prize for worst English writing…deservedly. If you want more humor like this video, checkout the book entitled Biopolitics. It’s got a whole bunch of writers who give Butler a run for her money. It makes a great party game to read from the book. One of my favorites is by Donna Harroway about “duck rape” that she witnesses on a Boston pond. At least one essay has a single sentence that is over a half a page long. I guarantee great fun if you buy this book. Sadly Judith Butler is absent from it but she does all right on her own so you won’t really miss her. I look forward to more comic escapades from feminist theory. I am sure they will keep busy at it for years but that give us years more of entertainment.

  12. Mike
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I learned two things from this Video, never vote for Trump and never read any Judith Butler

  13. Posted June 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I love the Onion, and label my blog/writing as “Onion style” humor. Satire and Parody are powerful tools!! Being myself also from Pennsylvania, this particular video just really nails it.

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