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Maine Shuts Down Facebook Page on Dangers of Pot

But was it just a response to satire?

(Newser) - The state of Maine has shut down a Facebook page detailing the potential dangers of marijuana use in response to a satirical page launched by pro-pot critics, the AP reports. State Center for Disease Control spokeswoman Emily Spencer tells Maine Public that Maine (where recreational pot use is legal )... More »

The Onion Keeps Running Same Post After Mass Shootings

Headline and post satirize inability to stop them from recurring in US

(Newser) - "'No Way To Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens" reads the headline on a widely shared Onion article after the Las Vegas shooting. If the headline sounds familiar, it's because the Onion has run essentially the same piece under the same headline at... More »

Chinese Media Taken in by Satirical Trump Story

They reported that he wrapped White House phones in tinfoil

(Newser) - A satirical story about a paranoid President Trump wrapping the White House telephones in tinfoil was believable enough to be carried by major media outlets in China. The story from the New Yorker's "Borowitz Report" ended up in publications such as business magazine Caijing this week after appearing... More »

NFL Punter Makes Unusual Career Change

Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee will produce content for satirical Barstool Sports site

(Newser) - One of the best punters the Indianapolis Colts ever had just kicked his NFL career to the curb. At just 29, Pat McAfee has decided to walk away from the game and onto the comedy scene, a surprise he announced on live TV Wednesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. His... More »

New Real Housewives Spoof Gets Controversial Fast

BBC sketch comedy show satirizes an all-too-real terror group

(Newser) - The new BBC sketch comedy show Revolting didn't wait long before jumping into controversy: Its very first episode featured a Real Housewives of ISIS skit, Rolling Stone reports. It's exactly what you'd expect—a spoof of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise in which the wives of ISIS... More »

Samberg's Popstar Is 'Pitch-Perfect' Satire

It's a smart take on today's celebrity culture: critics

(Newser) - Perhaps you expected bad reviews. After all, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a mockumentary about a ridiculous Bieber-like rapper whose star is fading. But you're in for a nice surprise. Critics are raving about this spoof on celebrity culture, starring Andy Samberg and a sea of music-industry celebs.... More »

Life Imitates Veep in Australia

Even Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 'dumbstruck' at Malcolm Turnbull's word choice

(Newser) - Malcolm Turnbull is either unable to come up with meaningful campaign slogans or is a closet Julia Louis-Dreyfus fan. The Australian prime minister has gone on a bender lately with the words "continuity and change," hoping to convince Aussies that he'll keep some policies of the country'... More »

Larry David Meets 'Bernie Sanderswitzski'

Candidate drops by for cameo on 'Saturday Night Live'

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders came face to face with Larry David on Saturday Night Live, the latest presidential candidate to meet up with the actor who plays him or her on the show. "Bernie Sanderswitzski" found himself aboard a sinking ship as David's 1-percenter character tried to weasel his way... More »

Aretha Sues Satire Site for $10M Over Fistfight Story

Nerd News 'reported' Franklin, Patti LaBelle duked it out

(Newser) - There's a disclaimer at the bottom of the News Nerd site clarifying that articles found therein "are purely satirical," but the thousands of people who shared one of the stories on Facebook and Twitter this weekend may not have noticed said disclaimer. The satirical article in question... More »

Assange Sings, Dances, Dons Mullet in New Rap Video

Wikileaks founder spoofs '80s rock song in surreal cameo

(Newser) - Is it possible Julian Assange is suffering from a touch of cabin fever after being cooped up in an Ecuadorian embassy for over a year? The Wikileaks founder, who is running for a Senate seat in Australia's upcoming election, has appeared in a satirical rap video by online comedy... More »

Randy Newman: I'm Dreamin' of a White President

'Who knows how to handle money and start a war'

(Newser) - Just in time for the election, sometimes-satirical singer Randy Newman has dusted off his "Short People" chops with a political carol that includes the line, "I'm dreaming of a white president," NPR reports. He "won't be the brightest, perhaps," Newman croons in the... More »

Saying 'Vagina' Should Totally Be Illegal

Michigan lawmaker proves need for new bill: Dahlia Lithwick

(Newser) - A Michigan lawmaker last week had the audacity to utter the word "vagina" on the House floor, prompting a ban on Rep. Lisa Brown talking at all. It's time to go a step further, writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate : Let's make it illegal for women to utter... More »

GOP Rep Fooled by Onion's 'Abortionplex' Story

Rep. John Fleming outraged over fake Planned Parenthood facility

(Newser) - The Abortionplex, a fake business dreamed up by the Onion , has fooled quite a few naïve souls who were simply outraged when they read about it. Now you can add a Louisiana congressman to the list of people who, somehow, failed to figure out that the Abortionplex is a... More »

Colbert Making Supreme Court Look Stupid

Dahlia Lithwick says court is ill-equipped to deal with comedy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has had plenty of powerful foils over the years, like Andrew Jackson and FDR, "but in the history of the Supreme Court, nothing has ever prepared the justices for the public opinion wrecking ball that is Stephen Colbert," writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate . With his... More »

Fake Onion Tweets Prompt Scare at US Capitol

They report 'screams and gunfire'

(Newser) - The Onion seems to have registered a rare misfire in the joke department. It set off a scare at the US Capitol this morning with a fake tweet reading, “BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building," reports the Washington Post . A few others in a... More »

Forever 21 Threatens Blogger Who Mocks It

Apparently, clothing retailer can't handle being poked at

(Newser) - Forever 21, the "fast fashion" store known for its cheap designer knockoffs, is threatening to sue the creator of the website WTForever21 —because, among other reasons, the store doesn't appreciate being associated with the "F-word." Rachel Kane, who created the satire blog, talks to the... More »

These Facebook Users Think Onion Stories Are Real

'Literally Unbelievable' blog delights in people who think the 'news' is legit

(Newser) - The Onion bills itself as "America's Finest News Source," and lots of Facebook users agree. But we're referring here to those who don't quite get the whole satire thing: The Literally Unbelievable blog is devoted to people who take Onion stories as gospel (Planned... More »

Brazil Comedians: Ban on Mocking Pols a Joke

Broadcasters are set to protest

(Newser) - The Brazilian equivalents of Jon Stewart plan to gather in Rio de Janiero this weekend to protest a law that prevents them from making fun of politicians. The law—a relic from Brazil's days of authoritarian rule—outlaws ridiculing candidates for 3 months before an election, the Telegraph reports. Broadcasters... More »

She's Not a Brat; She Just Likes Ayn Rand

Satirical apology has some fun with Atlas Shrugged

(Newser) - Eric Hague pokes fun at the Ayn Rand craze with a satirical apology from one parent to another over his daughter's bratty behavior. It starts when a boy politely asks her for the Elmo ball. "To be sure, I was equally proud when Johanna yelled, 'No! Looter!' right... More »

Jon Stewart Evolves Into 'True Satirist'

His attacks on President Obama prove he's not a partisan hack

(Newser) - Jon Stewart has turned on President Obama without mercy , proving himself to be a "true satirist" instead of a partisan ideologue, writes Matt Zoller Seitz. Stewart will go after anyone, but he "reserves particular scorn for those who reawakened his sense of hope just long enough to exploit... More »

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