The Onion, "America's Finest News Source," has been keeping its readers entertained with hilarious, satirical news since 1988. Hitting their 1,000-issue milestone (they think), the folks behind The Onion believe it's a good time to start pushing for the publication to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize. They're pulling out the big guns and getting lots of high-profile celebrities, including Tom Hanks and Ricky Gervais, to post videos on YouTube on their behalf.
The videos are spectacular. If these don't persuade the Pulitzer committee to vote for The Onion, nothing will.
Here's a roundup of our favorites.
This first video will give you some important background on the Pulitzer Prize, why The Onion deserves it, and creation of the Americans for Fairness in Awarding Journalism Prizes, AFAJP, a nonprofit "dedicated to exposing those who engage in improper journalism award-giving." Like one mother said: "I don't want my son growing up in a world where quality isn't recognized with prizes."
Oh my, you know the Pulitzer committee done wrong when they piss off Tom Hanks. He calls those who pick the winners a "mysterious cabal of power brokers and so-called taste makers who gather annually in what must be some all-night drunken bacchanalia slash pinata-party, the result of which is the awarding of the prized Pulitzer.” How can you not love this man?
You cannot argue with the media powerhouse that is Arianna Huffington. So when she threatens to "make sure that every link on The Huffington Post goes directly to the Columbia Journalism School website ... and cripples it," the entire world better pay attention.
Ricky Gervais also makes some excellent points. This past year, the Wall Street Journal got an award for its story challenging Obamacare. The committee apparently forgot "The Onion ran a piece about a group of people on a subway train bound together by their common fear of a severely disabled man talking to them. Well, yeah, a situation we've all been in. But their reporter was there." How can anyone argue with that?
As a member of the Pulitzer Prize committee, Gayle King tried to get The Onion the big award, but kept getting shut down. She said, "Finally, they just fired my ass for having a strong personal bias. Now I'm out on my own -- get it? -- with no powerful friends in the media to help me." So this is what Gayle King has had to resort to ever since the Oprah Winfrey Show went off the air. It brings a tear to my eye. Let's fix this terrible injustice for her sake.
Gotta save the best for last. Want to make your threat sound even more threatening? Make said threat in a creepy British accent. If Mark Gatiss, an English actor and writer, as Satan as his witness, can't scare the committee into giving The Onion a Pulitzer, no one can. And I mean no one. Shudder.
Check out other videos from Mario Batali; Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia; Dave Barry, a dude who's already won a Pulitzer; and Ira Glass, host of This American Life. New videos keep popping up daily on YouTube. Be sure to watch 'em. And let's get The Onion that Pulitzer Prize!
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