Thursday, May 19, 2011

Black Humor

The Onion has skewered the pro-choice movement with the article "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex."

I'm not sure abortion humor is at all viable, and I have to admit I didn't find the article funny, which has never happened before with me and The Onion.

Nonetheless, it's quite interesting that the satirical paper is eviscerating one of the sacred cows of the Left; it's a position I would not have expected to see in America's Finest News Source, whose target audience is probably college-educated men in their twenties and early thirties, and it's encouraging.


Enbrethiliel said...


I don't find it funny, either.

But it's in the grand tradition of Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal, which I love, and it's bound to afflict the comfortable even if it does nothing to comfort the afflicted.

Balmes Family said...

When I read that, I didn't read it as skewering Planned Parenthood intentionally... I read it as an attempt to skewer pro-lifers who "claim" all of these things about PP that "of course" are "false and misleading". The ironic part about this is that they unintentionally got enough right about the pro-life argument against PP that the satire reads as accurate from either perspective.

Pentimento said...

Good points; I hadn't seen it from that perspective.