Is Shawn Johnson Dead? No, Just In The Onion
By this point, 99% of the American population is aware of The Onion, the satirical newspaper/audio-visual conglomerate. Every now and then though, there’s that other 1% that thinks it’s a legitimate news source.
A recent video piece by The Onion said that gymnast Shawn Johnson had fallen from the uneven bars while training and broken her knee. She was then euthanized.
The fake news interview with Shawn’s family is a funny send-up of pushy parents as well as the differences of how we treat horses vs. humans. Not everyone is laughing though.
Some people, including one of Johnson’s former teammates, think that the video is crossing the line. So far, her family’s response was through Johnson’s publicist Susan Madore who said, “At this time there will be no comment from Shawn or her parents about the video.”
That’s probably the best idea. Getting offended will only make the video an even bigger hit for The Onion.
‘Shawn Johnson Dead’ Video Doesn’t Amuse Her Friends and Family [Fanhouse]
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