“Oh, wait. That’s the joke? They’re just making shit up? That’s stupid. That’s so fucking stupid.”
~AFFotD Editor-in-Chief Johnny Roosevelt upon reading an nbc.com.co article
Listen, America. We’re going to have to sit down and have a little chat. In a world where thousands of people constantly assume that The Onion is real, it’s really important that we know what we’re doing when we’re trying to bring satire into people’s lives. So while it’s hilarious for us to see someone stumble across a satirical article and go into a mouth-foaming rage about, say, 22,000 Polar Bears having to live on the Earth’s one remaining iceberg, there are a lot of lazy writers out there that see your standard Clickholes or Borowitz Report and think, “Hey I can do that! All I have to do is make up fake stories, right?”
Obviously, there’s much more to satire than just making up stories, and there’s definitely much more to satire than making up stories with the express hope that people actually think it’s real. It’s like when that asshole acquaintance of yours on Facebook posts an article about Firefly getting rebooted, only to take you to a “YOU GOT PRANKED!” page right after you clicked the link (and shortly before you unfriended said acquaintance on Facebook). There’s nothing particularly clever about that, and there’s definitely nothing satirical going on. It’s just stupid.
We recently saw one of these stupid websites in an article titled “Yelp Sues South Park For $10 Million Over Latest Episode.” Now, that seemed possibly a bit far-fetched, but we clicked the link because we saw it was NBC. “Huh, wait, so this is posted on the NBC website? That seems…huh.” As we read it, increasingly thinking, “Wait…this can’t be a real story” we finally noticed that the website wasn’t nbc.com. It was nbc.com.co. Because the internet is fucking stupid. And we are here to review it.