Satirical Site The Onion’s 9/11 Issue Resurfaces For Resonating With 2018
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Sep 2018
Screenshot via The Onion
The 2001 post-9/11 issue of satirical publication The Onion is making its rounds on the internet 17 years later for accurately evoking the level of helplessness some US citizens might be dealing with in 2018.
A snapshot shared by BuzzFeed News writer David Mack shows what the front page of the site on the week of 26 September 2001 looked like, and the longer you stare at it, the more telling of these times it might get.
Twitter users particularly resonated with the Not Knowing What Else To Do, Woman Bakes American-Flag Cake headline, which speaks of how some might be forced to plaster on smiles as they trudge through their day-to-day lives as Americans.
The publication’s writers had braced themselves for a slew of negative comments when they published the issue, seeing as how it arrived just weeks after the 9/11 attacks. They even expected for it to be their last.
On the contrary, the company received an “overflowing” mass of compliments by those who used dark comedy as a defense mechanism.
Year after year, the page somehow finds its way online, which insinuates that not much has changed.
The Onion gets a lot of well deserved credit for its first post-9/11 issue. I think a lot in particular about the article "Not Knowing What Else To Do, Woman Bakes American-Flag Cake" which was just so beautiful in the way it captured the mood. https://t.co/UKeuFtCLPn pic.twitter.com/MwkPiahcua— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 11, 2018
There were so many quiet, small moments in "Not Knowing What Else To Do, Woman Bakes American-Flag Cake" that still feel so raw & real all these years later. pic.twitter.com/o2sHrJLVB7— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 11, 2018
Still the best and most poignant 9/11 piece I’ve ever read: https://t.co/tNleYQXHXl— Adam Allouba (@adam_allouba) September 11, 2018
Agreed. It's satire, but it captures those feelings of confusion and fear and not knowing what to do, but feeling compelled to do something.— Steven Martens (@StevenMartens23) September 11, 2018
[via David Mack and Yahoo, images via various sources]
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