Did the Onion go too far with its Chris Brown story?

Twitter reacts to an especially graphic story about domestic abuse


Prachi Gupta
May 8, 2013 12:45AM (UTC)

Just as the Internet was regaining some lost faith in The Onion, the fake news site has riled everyone up again with a graphic post making fun of rapper Chris Brown's apparent heartbreak over losing girlfriend Rihanna, whom he physically abused during their on-again-off-again relationship.

From the Onion's story:

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“It’s hard knowing that there’s some other guy out there who gets to beat her senseless. In fact, for all I know, there might be someone out there assaulting her right now. And let me tell you, that guy is the luckiest guy in the world.” A saddened Brown added that, should the couple not reconcile, he remains confident that the special someone he was meant to beat to death is still out there for him, and when he finds her, he’ll waste no time in slapping her around.

Although this isn't the first time the Onion has made fun of the easy media target -- or even the first suggesting death, the graphic nature of the post drew attacks from prominent feminists:

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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