New Anti-Smoking Ads Warn Teens, 'It's Gay to Smoke'


Hmm. The latest satire from The Onion, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "There's a thin line between clever and stupid."

    Posted by: MC | Oct 5, 2009 7:13:41 PM

  2. How about "Smoking, it's a Negro thang." that would've been much funnier fucking Onion dickheads. Fuck off. No more Onion for this faggot.

    Posted by: FormerOnionReadingFag | Oct 5, 2009 7:19:01 PM

  3. I was like "Don't smoke in front of me, gaywad. Think I wanna watch that?"

    Nobody does satire like The Onion.

    Posted by: Billy | Oct 5, 2009 7:21:43 PM

  4. If you were really offended by that you probably missed the point.

    Satire: (n) The use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly etc.

    Posted by: MissedThePoint | Oct 5, 2009 7:27:51 PM

  5. "i don't want to look like a cock magnet."

    ...I have to admit I laughed.

    Posted by: JohnnyP | Oct 5, 2009 7:29:57 PM

  6. That was hilarious. This reminds me why I'm such a big fan of The Onion.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 5, 2009 7:30:57 PM

  7. Awesome. Two birds, one stone.

    Formeronionreadingfag--you're sense of humor is pretty lame. And thanks for the unnecessary racial comments. Kids don't go around calling EVERYTHING, and I mean everything "black" the way they do "gay."

    Posted by: phil | Oct 5, 2009 7:32:22 PM

  8. Would an ad saying "Smoking makes your lungs black - Don't be a Blackie" be funny? OF COURSE NOT - FUCKING OUTRAGEOUS.

    Posted by: Kelly L | Oct 5, 2009 7:33:22 PM

  9. Hey MTP, the Onion typically does satire very well, but I don't agree that this meets the definition at all, but thanks so much for cutting and pasting that definition...really insightful. Do you read this blog? Do you read the accounts of gay-bashing that happen on a daily basis on this blog? Do you realize that this lexicon, this use of the word gay derogatorily, in any context, feeds into a socio-cultural acceptance of gay-bashing, especially when targeted at teens? There is no point to this. Substitute any derogatory minority slang and any minority would be rightfully offended. Plus, this is just not funny.

    Posted by: FormerOnionReadingFag | Oct 5, 2009 7:34:08 PM

  10. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA that's great. LOVE the onion

    Posted by: jpastor717 | Oct 5, 2009 7:34:56 PM

  11. I see. As was mentioned above, we'll look forward to the Onion using the word **Nigger** instead of Faggot in the next anti-smoking humorous PSA. I use the two asterisks to deter the censors. Notice how I did not use them with Faggot because it's still okay to use that pejorative even on a site with homosexual tendencies.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 5, 2009 7:36:52 PM

  12. Maybe if the meaning of the word "faggot" wasn't "a bundle of sticks, twigs, or branches bound together and used as fuel, a fascine, a torch, etc." it wouldn't be funny. But it is, so it's funny. And the Onion has and will again use the n-word to point out racism.

    Posted by: Ted Gideonse | Oct 5, 2009 7:44:28 PM

  13. Ted, you're right this is satire and not too much should be read into this. The Onion makes fun in bad taste of everyone. Point taken. But I rarely see The Onion use the word Nigger. Do you have an example you can share? Nigger also has an etymology just like faggot does. And Ted, if you have the balls to use the word Faggot, show the same balls to use the word Nigger. The "N" word is so Gay! lol

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 5, 2009 7:53:33 PM

  14. Stop playing the race card ladies...Race and sexual preference are apples and oranges so lighten up! :)

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 5, 2009 7:59:29 PM

  15. It's the Onion. They've done worse.

    Posted by: Sgt. Sausagepants | Oct 5, 2009 8:02:55 PM

  16. I can't imagine the reaction these people had to Bruno if they thought this was offensive and went too far.

    Just proves, you can't trust stereotypes. Clearly, not every gay man possesses a sense of humor.

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Oct 5, 2009 8:04:38 PM

  17. The scary thing is that this would totally work.

    Posted by: Yogchick | Oct 5, 2009 8:05:41 PM

  18. Reading the majority of these comments reaffirms to me that gay Americans are, sadly and unaccountably, just as irony-bypassed as straight Americans.

    It was FUNNY people... which means it was making FUN of bigotry and prejudice and dumbass TV news shows. Geddit? No? Well in that case you get the society and media you deserve.

    Posted by: Paul in Oz | Oct 5, 2009 8:06:37 PM

  19. bullshit. onion is so fuckin old and over-done

    Posted by: KFLO | Oct 5, 2009 8:07:00 PM

  20. hahahahahahahaha. aaaah.

    i thought it was funny.

    Posted by: Bryan | Oct 5, 2009 8:11:53 PM

  21. Actually, Onion didn't go far enough, because the religious right has already surpassed it in lunacy. Or has everyone forgotten "Tell boys that straight porn will make them gay"?

    Posted by: Rob Tisinai | Oct 5, 2009 8:27:18 PM

  22. It was off the mark. The Onion is slipping lately.

    Posted by: John Ozed | Oct 5, 2009 8:45:59 PM

  23. That was awesome! I LOVE the Onion.

    Posted by: RGB | Oct 5, 2009 8:49:27 PM

  24. In response to the person who doesn't recall The Onion using the "n-word," here you go:
    (It also happens to be a genius piece of satire.) True, the word is bleeped in that instance, but that's just more satirical in my opinion. Add this counterexample to the fact that fag/faggot is indeed a synonym for cigarette, and I don't see a double standard. And while it’s true that irresponsible use of words in mass entertainment can engender dangerous attitudes among impressionable (and stupid) people, I don't think this falls into that category.

    Most people reading The Onion have two brain cells to rub together, and anyone with a shred of intelligence is going to understand that this spot is NOT promoting homophobia but is rather sending it up hilariously. It's clearly a satirical response to that anti-marijuana PSA that ran on MTV Canada:
    That one, in one sense, seems to try to tarnish the appeal of a "negative" activity (smoking pot) by associating it with homosexuality. Although you could actually interpret the MTV spot as pro-gay in a way-- the friend isn't reacting to the fact that his buddies are making out, but that they're siblings. Maybe the gay part isn't meant to be controversial at all. (The pro-incest people, however, may have been upset.)

    Whatever the intention of either of these clips, I don't think it's a bad thing that viewers are exposed to the "shocking" site of two men kissing (and not in the derogatory Super Bowl Snickers ad kind of way). As the creators of the Berlin memorial to gay victims of the Holocaust knew, exposing people to things they fear is a good way to change attitude. The video that plays on a loop at that memorial is here:

    In the end, I think that The Onion's video will be perceived as pro-gay to all but the most shrill or, as some here have noted, humor-impaired. Homophobia and violence against gays (including kids) is abhorrent and must be stopped; but it has nothing to do with this video.

    Posted by: Wil | Oct 5, 2009 9:05:12 PM

  25. Hahahaha....

    "Print Ads Feature WWE Wrestlers Calling Smokers 'Flaming Queers' "

    I don't know who's more ignorant...

    The dumb teenagers this is making fun of or The dumb user comments condemning this clever satire.

    Posted by: RJ | Oct 5, 2009 9:05:21 PM

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