The Onion Put A Picture Of An Airplane Crashing Into A Tower On Facebook, And People Aren’t Happy

Senior Pop Culture Editor
08.04.12 15 Comments

The Onion’s shocking exposé on “Curly Fry Inventor Strikes Out With Curly Veal” went by without notice, but the same can’t be said for a new video on their website, “Sears Extremists Fly Plane Into Willis Tower.” The picture you see above — which does indeed show a Sears plane, which haha Sears, about to crash into the former Sears Tower, current Willis Tower in Chicago — went on the Onion’s Facebook Wall less than a day ago, and it’s already racked up nearly 4,000 comments. By comparison, their award-winning piece on “Hotmail Rebranded” received all of 15 comments. The humorless responses tend to be of this variety:

Poor taste. Am now unsubscribing from the Onion. You undeniably have your right to freedom of speech. However, I retain my right not to support what you say. Thanks for all of the great laughs for so many years, but I have to stick with my beliefs too.

Actually, no, that’s way too civil, if a bit sanctimonious.

Disgusting. Shame on you.

Much better. According to USA Today:

In response to questions about the criticism and using such an image, The Onion marketing director Grant Jones stuck with the newspaper’s tone. He wrote in an email that, “9-11 must never be the fodder for jokes. Perhaps you didn’t see the news that humor died after 9-11.” (Via)

Or maybe people are just really defensive about Sears? I bet the in-flight movie was something like Fool’s Gold.

Around The Web

UPROXX Twitter