Gay Student Eats Lunch Alone

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    Mar 13, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/best-part-of-gay-12yearolds-day-half-hour-spent-ea,27547/
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    Mar 13, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    It's an Onion article. But I'm not sure what the point of it is. icon_question.gif
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    Mar 13, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidIt's an Onion article. But I'm not sure what the point of it is. icon_question.gif


    As in all Onion articles, to be sarcastic; this one about the extent to which gay kids have to cope.
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    Someone posted this already, and in that thread I believed it was a true story and felt bad for the kid then found out that the Onion was a joke site.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    This made me mad. Teachers really need to do something! icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    B9123 saidThis made me mad. Teachers really need to do something! icon_confused.gif


    It's not a real story, The Onion is a fake joke site thing. I fell for it too icon_redface.gif
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    It appears to be one of their mock articles reporting some ordinary thing, as if it were "news." e.g. "Man goes out in rain, gets wet!" I'm not sure why they think it's funny. Sounds like an ordinary day at skool to me...
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Is The Onion losing it? That wasn't even mildly amusing. icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    was anyone else upset by this? some of this shit is too real for me. i know its a fictitious article, but i dont know if the author is trying to make a point or be an ass...
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    I'm a long-time fan of The Onion. This story is different from typical Onion stuff, though. Most of their stories feature silly, preposterous, over-the-top events and quotes. There's nothing silly or preposterous about this. Every detail and quote in the story could be true. I guess the only real absurdity is that there would be a news story about such a thing. I don't get this one.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    dtx1 saidI'm a long-time fan of The Onion. This story is different from typical Onion stuff, though. Most of their stories feature silly, preposterous, over-the-top events and quotes. There's nothing silly or preposterous about this. Every detail and quote in the story could be true. I guess the only real absurdity is that there would be a news story about such a thing. I don't get this one.


    They have a lot of articles like this one, it's literary humor, not "haha laugh out loud" humor. They've several ones about people dealing with diseases, slowly dying, etc. This one is really not unique.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    dtx1 saidI'm a long-time fan of The Onion. This story is different from typical Onion stuff, though. Most of their stories feature silly, preposterous, over-the-top events and quotes. There's nothing silly or preposterous about this. Every detail and quote in the story could be true. I guess the only real absurdity is that there would be a news story about such a thing. I don't get this one.

    Nor do I, as I posted above. Things very similar to this really do happen to gay kids in school. NOT funny, Onion.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    dtx1 saidI'm a long-time fan of The Onion. This story is different from typical Onion stuff, though. Most of their stories feature silly, preposterous, over-the-top events and quotes. There's nothing silly or preposterous about this. Every detail and quote in the story could be true. I guess the only real absurdity is that there would be a news story about such a thing. I don't get this one.


    They have a lot of articles like this one, it's literary humor, not "haha laugh out loud" humor. They've several ones about people dealing with diseases, slowly dying, etc. This one is really not unique.


    Apparently I've missed those articles. Thanks.
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    If you are offended by this, you probably get offended by water running down hill.
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    I have to agree that you really can't be all that offended by this. Whether or not the article is funny, the Onion's "eye" has roved over a plethora of different demographics. And while we're usually at least tacitly amused when its roving over Republicans or some other people we usually don't agree with, its kind of hypocritical to get your panties in a bundle about something like this.

    Especially when its this mild.

    Hahahha I remember one article titled "14 year old Nigerian boy suffers mid-life crisis". Yeah, offensive? By some standards, sure!

    Its the Onion, man. Get over it.
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    blueandgold said14 year old Nigerian boy suffers mid-life crisis


    rofl
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    MarkRoger said I believed it was a true story and felt bad for the kid then found out that the Onion was a joke site.


    haha same here!
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    blueandgold saidHahahha I remember one article titled "14 year old Nigerian boy suffers mid-life crisis". Yeah, offensive? By some standards, sure!

    Its the Onion, man. Get over it.

    Except 14-year-old Nigerian boys never have mid-life crises. But gay teens do get ostracized, and find themselves bullied and shut out of school life. And then they commit suicide. I repeat: not funny.
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    B9123 saidThis made me mad. Teachers really need to do something! icon_confused.gif



    I don't believe I was taught in college how to effectively make any kid accepted no matter what. Even if the story (which I didn't read yet) were true, teachers aren't magicians unfortunately. Did you ever see the movie Carrie? ;). Look how well that turned out...
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    I preferred the onions... Fat kid successful avoids humiliation by swimming with shirt on
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    It's not that bad. Tongue in cheek I believe is the official category. I have seen a lot more offensive stuff on satire/comedy sketch shows. To quote Bill Maher, if you can take a dick, you can take a joke haha.
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    Mar 13, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
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    dtx1 saidI'm a long-time fan of The Onion. This story is different from typical Onion stuff, though. Most of their stories feature silly, preposterous, over-the-top events and quotes. There's nothing silly or preposterous about this. Every detail and quote in the story could be true. I guess the only real absurdity is that there would be a news story about such a thing. I don't get this one.

    Nor do I, as I posted above. Things very similar to this really do happen to gay kids in school. NOT funny, Onion.


    The point of the "story" is that this stuff DOES happen. Every day. And it is ridiculous, terrible, absurd, incomprehensible, inexcusable and ultimately stupid.

    It is taking an absurdist stance on something that is very real and very often COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY OVERLOOKED.

    I am willing to bet the author has a tremendous amount of personal experience in this territory.

    Sometimes - sometimes - humor can bring about awareness and understanding that pamphlets, fliers, PC good intentions, 800 numbers and persnickety cocktail party talk simply can not.

    It is not everyone's speed. It is not a type of humor that will resonate with some. There is actually a subtlety to the humor even though the subject matter is blatantly in-your-face. It is not a knock-knock joke. There is not a set up and obvious "joke." It is a type of humor that requires a certain amount of contemplation and ideally, awareness.

    Even if those elements are not in place to begin with - it is successful if it manages to inspire thought and conversation and dialogue that ultimately CREATES contemplation and awareness. ESPECIALLY for those who fall outside of it's key demographic.

    I would say, judging by some of the responses it has garnered...the piece was something of a success.

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    Mar 13, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    blueandgold saidHahahha I remember one article titled "14 year old Nigerian boy suffers mid-life crisis". Yeah, offensive? By some standards, sure!

    Its the Onion, man. Get over it.

    Except 14-year-old Nigerian boys never have mid-life crises. But gay teens do get ostracized, and find themselves bullied and shut out of school life. And then they commit suicide. I repeat: not funny.



    I think everyone gets picked on or to a certain extent bullied at some point in school. The joke is relatable to everyone I think and is not to say that gays face no problems in school. I think the biggest problem is that millenials parents have not done a good job of teaching students how to cope with adversity. I got teased unbelievably in school both pre and post being gay. I never attempted suicide bc I had the tools to realize that it was school bs and found outlets that allowed me to decompress. Nowadays kids are just expecting everyone to just like them even if they insult or instigate conflict with others. When things don't go their way, it looks like the end of the world with suicide as the only solution. Bad news

    What else is bad news? The Onion highlighting a kid eating lunch by himself when Syrians are dying left and right and Iran keeps looking itchy with a trigger finger. It's satire. Don't get in a huff(ington post). Har Har har
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    Mar 13, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
    I posted it specifically for the reasons Cash explained. What the spoof article does is keep issues like this alive to be discussed, and hopefully, eradicated. Picture compassionate students and teachers reading this and then making an extra effort to approach and befriend lone gay students.
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    Mar 13, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    blueandgold saidHahahha I remember one article titled "14 year old Nigerian boy suffers mid-life crisis". Yeah, offensive? By some standards, sure!

    Its the Onion, man. Get over it.

    Except 14-year-old Nigerian boys never have mid-life crises. But gay teens do get ostracized, and find themselves bullied and shut out of school life. And then they commit suicide. I repeat: not funny.


    In all truth though, 14 is practically mid-life for many in Nigeria. Its sarcastic humour that's designed to make a person think about the truth behind the article. In the same way The Daily Show or Colbert Report make light of current issues in order to inform people those issues do in fact exist.