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Is it just me, cuz I'm not amused.
Via the Onion:
How Can We Make The Iraq War More Handicap Accessible?
Over at Bill and Bob's Excellent Afghan Adventure you can find the email address to the Onion and their sponser. He's as angry as I am and has a few words on the matter.
UPDATE: Emails here:
The Onion editorial email:
Advertising at The Onion:
Director of PR for Screen life, LLC:
Sonic Director of External Communications:
Sonic regional contact information can be found here
Also, Both Fosters and Burger King are advertisers, Burger King, which has their restaurants on almost every military base in the US and most of the large bases overseas to include Iraq and Afghanistan
Let's get them to pull this poor excuse of satire down and demand apology. The determination and bravery needed for our troops to go back to war after being seriously wounded is not something to be ridiculed.
Our Soldier's Angel in Germany has a post (with Video) that might put some perspective on this.
IIt's about the ten Soldiers of Operational Detachment Alpha 3336 of the 3rd SF Group who will be awarded the Silver Star today for their actions in the Shok valley of Nuristan province, Afghanistan back in April.
As [Master Sgt. Scott] Ford and Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding returned fire, Walding was hit below his right knee. Ford turned and saw that the bullet "basically amputated his right leg right there on the battlefield."
Walding, of Groesbeck, Tex., recalled: "I literally grabbed my boot and put it in my crotch, then got the boot laces and tied it to my thigh, so it would not flop around. There was about two inches of meat holding my leg on." He put on a tourniquet, watching the blood flow out the stump to see when it was tight enough.
Now that's tough. But it was just the beginning...
It is a harrowing tale, be sure to view it.
It's guys like these and the ones I linked above that the Onion is mocking.
UPDATE III What others have to say:
Another Angel isn't happy and is Boycotting the Onion
John of Argghhh!!! thinks it stinks and points out exactly what the Onion missed. He also mentions in an email that maybe we should invite The Onion staffers and the actors in that bit to visit Walter Reed and/or Brooke in San Antonio, and meet some soldiers and Marines who are working to get back in the fight.
That's a great idea!!!
Anyone who has visited our wounded at Landstuhl, Walter Reed or Bethesda, would not find ANY humor in this bit.
BlackFive and Laughing Wolf express their opinions here.
Maj Chuck Z, who is a combat veteran and was wounded in 2005, while serving in Iraq, writes a letter to the Onion and to their sponsors
Troy Steward believes they have crossed the line and ask you join him in the Pitchfork Brigade
Cassandra asks in her open letter: "Why do you find it "laughable" for wounded soldiers who have recovered from their injuries to resume the duties for which they have been trained?"
UPDATEIII: Via email from Greta via Anita.Lavine@screenlifegames.com>:
Dear Greta- Thank you very much for bringing this issue to our attention. We completely agree with you that the Onion's story was inappropriate, and we are working with them to resolve this as soon as possible. Please accept our sincere apology, and assurance that it is not our intention to support offensive or harmful content.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
And: More from Greyhawk here.
The onion is always full of tasteless BS, but this is much worse than usual.
It is NOT even slightly amusing to ridicule our wounded warriors whose devotion to duty does not end because of injuries suffered in battle.
I think The Onion falls into the same category as South Park and Wonkette, where nothing is sacred and everything is ridiculed with equal opportunity. Tasteless if it was coming from anywhere else though.Posted by LT Nixon at December 11, 2008 07:50 PM
I'm not sure how tasteless becomes a function of who says something.
A thing is either in good taste or it is not; regardless of who does it. If it treats the subjects (wounded troops) as though they were mindless automatons who are being forced to do something against their will when in fact these guys are doing something incredibly heroic - and something I dare say most of us wouldn't have the stones to do - how in God's name is that not "tasteless"?
Actually, I believe "patronizing" would be a better word. But then that's pretty much been the party line all along, hasn't it?Posted by Cassandra at December 11, 2008 07:55 PM
there is satire... and then there is the point where it crosses completely out of the bounds of comedy into outright contempt disguised (however loosely) as satire. the judgment of whether it is the former or the latter is the sense of the common man -- and this is the latter. only the posers that put this crap together would or could believe otherwise.Posted by Some Soldier's Mom at December 12, 2008 12:51 AM
Humorous? Hmm, maybe I'll ask some of my brothers what they think.
Cpl. W. lost a leg in OIF I but reenlisted in time for OIF III. I'll see if he finds humor in it.
Sgt. L. lost both legs to an IED and still tried to reenlist before being wheeled into surgery. Maybe he'll think it is funny.
Perhaps I should ask Maj. U. if he chuckled. After losing his left arm in a cordon and search operation, he begged the Pentagon to let him stay in.
Surely they'll all see the humor.
Me? I'm still fighting the VA about my disabilities and I'm too pissed to laugh.
Thanks The Onion you're doing great things for your country.
I am in the middle of doing revisits for Injured Marine Semper Fi fund and so particularly sensitive to crap that dishonors our wounded and injured servicemembers. I think I'll just take your word for it that it's tasteless and beyond the bounds even for the Onion and not actually watch it.
Works better for my blood pressure, sanity and marriage that way...Posted by Semper Fi Wife at December 12, 2008 01:47 PM
The Onion dedicated an issue to the war in Iraq. It was a compilation of previous articles. Not a funny remark in the whole paper.
Posted by Lothar at December 12, 2008 09:45 PM
This isn’t the first off-color unfunny thing the Onion has said about the war. When the football player , Tillman, for the Cardinals died while serving in in Afghanistan, The Onion put out a blurb. They quoted him after losing a football game saying, “I want to die. I just want to die.”
Thanks for that update from Anita Lavine. Nice to see the quick reaction, and we'll see what happens next.
Good job on this, Mrs. G.Posted by MaryAnn at December 12, 2008 10:45 PM
Looks like it has been taken down
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I am a former Marine who served in the Iraq War and I lost one of my limbs in combat.
I thought I should say that otherwise you guys would jump all over me for somehow being "anti-American" or something.
This is clearly satire. It may come off as a bit harsh to you over-sensitive types, but wounded vets are still humans, strong ones at that, and we're not precious, delicate things that need to be given a special permit to be off limits to comedy material. Frankly I was happy to see any media coverage, real or not, on some wounded soldiers.
The fact is many soldiers wounded in combat do wish to keep serving, and those without serious injuries are allowed to do so. The Onion was simply exaggerating this for comedic purposes. Anyone with half a brain can see they aren't making fun of wounded vets.
Believe me, we have been through enough already (physically and mentally) - a silly comedy sketch isn't gonna hurt our feelings. Or at least I would hope not, cause otherwise what are we fighting for after all?Posted by James at December 13, 2008 05:20 PM
"The fact is many soldiers wounded in combat do wish to keep serving, and those without serious injuries are allowed to do so."
At least, until the Pentagon is forced by public opinion to stop letting them. And that's the real issue here, not whether the Onion is making fun of wounded troops. As you note, they aren't, they're just making fun of "the Pentagon" for returning injured troops to full duty status.
"I thought I should say that otherwise you guys would jump all over me for somehow being "anti-American" or something."
Why would you anticipate that?Posted by Greyhawk at December 14, 2008 02:13 AM
I'm a medical guy with a clearly dark sense of humor and when I showed the guys I worked with the video, they laughed too. We're tasteless too, after seeing some of the crazy stuff we have, we joke about some strange things. It made us think of Starship Troopers, clearly something out of fantasy.Posted by Sean at December 23, 2008 12:40 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(12) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)