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Facebook is Gonna Label Onion Links as Satire Because Everyone is Slow Now

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that will tag posts from The Onion as “Satire” when they show up in newsfeeds.

Some people are outraged and wondering why they’d do such a thing. I’m here to let you know why: because everyone is slow now. Everyone. It crosses class, gender and ethnic lines. The dense does not discriminate. It’s like critical thinking has gone on permanent vacation since social media has dumbed down our ability to receive and analyze information.

Apparently, too many people fall for stories they read from the Onion and there needs to be a satire label to get them to calm the entire hell down. We can’t forget the CreamBMP and Daily Currant and other sites that aren’t even close to the quality of the Onion. I am shaking my head and facepalming for humanity because this is where we are now.


I’m the person who has to tell one of my Facebook friends that something they posted and are outraged about is fake news at least once a day. It’s my contribution to humanity. So I’m not surprised that we’ve come to a point where there needs to be a blinking red button to alert people to satire. We’ve gotten that dumb and it makes me sad.

The latest thing I’ve seen people be upset about is a post from a website that is an obvious knockoff of Ralph Lauren that has the color “nigger brown” listed. The fact that some troll will no real power behind some keyboard created the site is infuriating but why would a site with the address Ralph-Lauren dot US dot com be the ACTUAL Ralph Lauren site? Someone I know and love (and might be reading this) actually called the RL corporate office to complain. I told her that I’m side-eying the hell outta her and everyone else who believes it’s their official site. People are talmbout they’re boycotting RL because of this. O____o

People believe anything they read on the interwebs, no matter how outlandish it is or how stupid it seems. But that’s because real life is doing a shitty job of being believable. STILL… what happened to the spirit of discernment? Is double-checking on strike?

Everyone is dumb

Everyday, B.

Everyone should go to their rooms without dinner and think about what they’ve done. And Facebook? Well THEY need to get GIFs working on the platform already and stop playing these static bald-headed games.

Please post this article on your Facebook wall and hope that one of your friends reads this: 5 Things To Do To Avoid Passing On Fake News on Social Media

Y’all. Let me not write a post like this again. Take it upon yourself to tell your friends who question nothing to have a strong seat every time they’re outraged about fake news. It is your duty. Talk to your cousins. “Only you can prevent stupid fires.” – Shady the Bear

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  1. Absurdist
    August 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Perhaps someone at Facebook can develop that sarcasm font to bundle in with it…

  2. Dee
    August 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Sigh. I’m also that one friend who posts “this is a fake website” at least once a day.

    • dmaclee
      August 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      That’s me. I feel like a voice crying out in the wilderness.

      • lizzykins
        August 20, 2014 at 1:04 am

        I kicked my feet up at that one!!!

    • IfYouEverComeBack
      August 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Yeah, Me too. I am forever trying to educate my FB peeps

  3. AnnT
    August 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I’ve stopped pointing it out to people because they either ignore it, claim I’m hating, or just straight say “But if it was real…”

    The gullibles rage from the common bossip, WSHH crowds to the friends with law degrees and the faux -enlightened bougie types. How do you combat such stupidity?

  4. Coop
    August 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    “Shady the Bear”
    Toe Tally Ah Sum

  5. Tishy
    August 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    If they’re “challenged” enough to post without passing Go, will they even understand what ‘satire’ means? Hmm…quite the quandary.

  6. Shana
    August 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    You aremy best friend and don’t even know it! LOL

  7. August 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Sooooo does the satire tag come with the definition of satire? Cause they’re gonna need it too.

  8. Milaxx
    August 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Today alone I told 2 people that Ralph Lauren site was fake and told 2 different family members that some clearly photoshopped picture featuring giant roaches is fake.

    The world is making me tired today. I may need to lie down. First I’m going to repost Luvvie’s list.

  9. maximillian
    August 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Can they do this for the urban legends too? cuz….

  10. Tae
    August 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    OMG! I have to tell my friend not to start a race war at least twice a week as a result of satire web sites. At this point, I’m bout ready to sit back in a chair, eat some popcorn, and watch the dummy make a fool of himself.

    I swear. Free school and dumb ninjas. When God said brains, they said “rain” and went for shelter. If stupid were a death sentence, they’d be the first ones in line to get iced. #iCantDeal

    • TotalTennisGeek
      February 28, 2015 at 7:43 am

      No! Aaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! (“Free school and dumb ninjas.” *press pause – I can’t breathe*)

  11. Missy
    August 19, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I love the meme quoting Abraham Lincoln warning people about not believing everything they read on the internet. The problem is some people REALLY believed the quote. I’m like COME ON PEOPLE!!!!

  12. Tina
    August 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Forrest Gumps mama said it best – “Stupid is as stupid does”
    The lack of common sense -> This is one of the many reasons I side eye >_> the human race every day #icant

  13. Lizzykins
    August 20, 2014 at 1:07 am

    My aunt gets mad at me because I reply all to the emails she sends – yes, I’m telling your whole middle aged crew that they need to delete whatever foolishness she sent.

    • TotalTennisGeek
      February 28, 2015 at 7:46 am

      *please stop – it hurts* Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  14. Elvia williams
    August 20, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I was laughing so hard when I read the posts above. Someone took me off their mailing list because of the same reason. People I thought should know better would forward me stuff that I just had to write back and tell them where to find the correct data.

  15. KayMee
    August 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This. I told my friend she won’t be happy until she downloads a virus behind some dumba$$ click bait with a provocative headline. I had to remove the ability to post on my page because she put some redic content on my FB page making me look like I’m on #TeamIgnorant. No ma’am.