CHICAGO (CBS) Headline: Sears Extremists Fly Plane Into Willis Tower.
NOTE: Many Chicagoans still refer to the tower as Sears Tower.
To the satirical newspaper “The Onion”, that’s comedy–the kind their writers have been doing for decades.
However, many people believe any humor about the tragedy of Sept. 11 crosses the line.
The controversy centers on a video on The Onion’s website. It shows a poorly Photoshopped image of an airplane with the Sears logo flying toward the skyscraper.
The building had been named the Sears Tower since it was built in the 1970s until an international insurance company bought the naming rights and changed it to Willis Tower a few years ago. It once was the corporate headquarters for the retail chain.
On the video a narrator says in a deep, anchorman-like voice, “Sears extremists fly a plane into Willis Tower.”
A post on The Onion’s Facebook page generated thousands of comments, both blasting and defending the paper.
~ At what level do sick arses find this humourous?!
This from Onion’s FB:
Future Weird: hilarious. 9/11 was like over 10 years ago. it’s been ok to joke about it for at least 6 years. chill out, people.
Spunky Pundit Jones: funny…satire…. bad photoshop. why are people upset?
“It is still not in good taste to joke about any occasion where thousands of innocents died,” said one post. “We don’t joke about the Holocaust, we don’t even joke about Pearl Harbor…why the heck would you think it’s OK to joke about 9/11?”
~ About a week ago I deleted Onion from my favs at YouTube. BEFORE this. I did it because of another poor taste takeoff. Glad I did for I would have bust a blood vessel in my head with this one! ~ JP