Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Is being transgressive really enough?

Okay okay, you know me, you know I generally laugh at notions of "good taste," and in any case, we're all aware that half the point of The Onion is that it has absolutely no compunctions about going ANYWHERE for a joke, and that the very willingness to do that is frequently the funniest thing. Nonetheless: Jesus CHRIST, dude. There's a difference between being CLEVERLY offensive, and being gleefully offensive in the manner of an eight-year-old who just learned the word "fuck." This isn't clever. I could have written it. As could you have. I wouldn't mind it so much if there was some underlying POINT to it--anything at all--but instead it's more like the foul-mouthed third-grader. Yes, okay, we get it. Now go sit in the corner.


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