The Onion crosses the line with pathetic, unfunny Chris Kyle ‘humor’

There’s dark humor, and then there’s The Onion’s dreadful attempt to turn the murder of an American hero and the country he fought for into LOL-bait.

We’re not laughing:

Tragedy struck on Saturday as famed former sniper Chris Kyle reportedly was shot and killed at a local gun range, marking a bitter end to the life of a renowned Navy SEAL who had survived long, brutal years in the hellish landscape of the United States. “This man endured countless risks and witnessed indescribable horrors during his extended time in America, but in the end, his luck just ran out,” Glen Rose Police Department spokesman James Alvarez said of Kyle, whose shooting death was just one of hundreds of senseless acts of violence recorded in the United States so far this year.

That Twitter user wasn’t alone. Many thought The Onion went way over the line with the tasteless attempt at humor.


Not that we expect tasteful or high-brow humor from The Onion. But we do expect humor, and this didn’t come close.

  • Love of Country

    That’s why I don’t Onion …. never have and never will.

    Absolutely disgraceful!

  • SideshowJon36

    But, I’m sure they still “Support the Troops.”

  • NachoCheese (D)

    The man hasn’t even been buried yet.


  • Horatio Cornwallis

    Over 1,600 gun deaths since Newtown. They’re making a statement, not a joke.

    • NachoCheese (D)

      The Onion is a satire site. Maybe they should stick to satire and leave the ghoulish political grandstanding to the likes of Musket Morgan et al.

    • 3seven77

      1,600 deaths? Where? Worldwide? Please link your source and provide some data to back up this claim.

      • AdoEdem

        Here’s one:

        Oh wait, I guess England doesn’t count, since anything that defies the narrative of gun control = no gun deaths EVAR doesn’t help the agenda.

        • Calcat36

          England? Ok you can have that ONE, 1,599 more to go… Feel free to add Australia, Germany, Japan, The middle east, the far east, the near east, Cambodia, Vietnam, Africa (The warlords may pump up the numbers but they prefer machetes) And just so you know, Ted Kennedy has more confirmed kills with an Oldsmobile 88 than I have with my AR-15s and all of my 100 round drums attached!

          • AdoEdem

            Only in the minds of sick individuals is a death by fertilizer bomb or auto accident somehow “better”, even when the latter two kill more people in a single sitting.

          • Calcat36

            Retard, I wasn’t saying it was better or worse. I was talking statistics, which obviously went over your flat head. More people are killed by hammers than guns, yet that doesn’t fit your liberal agenda. Who the hell said fertilizer bomb? Or is that another liberal talking point you want to spew? Grow up fool.

            1,599 and waiting…

            And Kennedy was no accident. The a$$hole left her to drown after driving DRUNK.

          • AdoEdem

            Dude, I’m on your side. My point about linking the BBC article is that “eliminating” guns via legislation does not magically make all the scary guns go away. Sure, it’s “only” one death, but the point was that gun control does not work. Hell, it doesn’t even lessen violent crime, homicides, and suicides.

            Japan’s gun suicide rates might be low, but their overall suicide rate is insane and only goes up each year. Not having a gun doesn’t even slow them down, they simply take one last train to Aokigahara (the famous “suicide forest”) and hang themselves.

            And all it means for English criminals is a trip to the black market or get creative. Lack of guns doesn’t slow them down, either: looking at the overall homicide and crime rates, the United Kingdom is actually *less* safe than the Unites States, with less crime per population. And oftentimes their substitution ends up killing *more* people (e.g. home-made bombs). The usual canard is “oh, but at least they weren’t killed by those scary guns” as if the people killed in a car wreck are somehow less dead.

    • V the K

      Links or it didn’t happen.

      • Calcat36

        Yeah, it didn’t happen.MSDNC would be running the total like they did during the wars under Booosh. So far, Thrill up the leg spittler isn’t tracking this epidemic/pandemic/tragedy, so it is just liberal bullshit.

    • KansasGirl

      Was that in Chicago or Philly?

      • Calcat36


        • KansasGirl

          Baaaazing, cat.

    • NRPax

      And what is the breakdown of those deaths? How many of them were criminals killing other criminals? How many of them were people defending themselves? How many of them were accidental?

      Then again, why bother asking you? People like you don’t care about pesky facts like that. As long as you can keep fighting to punish people that obey the law, bring on the numbers.

  • arrow2010

    So I guess the Onion is another far left-wing radical site.

    • Jillane Kent

      They are not without slant, arrow. One need only compare the tone from the Bush years, versus the Obama years, to see the contrast.

  • aegean1

    Hmm, I just don’t know. It’s similar to a thought I’ve had, that after all that time spent in Iraq, he’s murdered by a brother in his homeland, where he’s supposed to be safe. It’s not like they’re being Ron Paul and saying he deserved it or anything.

    • Calcat36

      As are many combat vets that come home, only to be killed by drunk drivers. Illegal alien drunk drivers. I was almost killed by a drunk driver just before I retired!

      • aegean1

        Yup, drives me crazy. Our vets deserve better.

  • rogueco

    Next week on the Onion: your favorite 9/11 jokes, clever abortion riddles, and puppy taxidermy tricks and tips. But we will NOT be making fun of gays – that would be crossing a line.

    • NRPax

      They have made fun of gays on numerous occasions. At least they are equal opportunity.

  • Kabong30

    Stopped reading them years ago when they exposed themselves as leftist DBs. Seriously, even our fake news is biased!

  • Ben Bollman

    I don’t know why this surprises anyone, they’ve always been elitists who act like they are smarter than anyone else.

    • Randi Starr

      Surprise, surprise their mask has slipped. Not………………..

      • Ben Bollman

        I guess being smug a-holes about stuff they know nothing about qualifies them as the “intellectual elite”

  • Sasha Williams

    Ignoring the increased violent behavior of Americans won’t make it go away

    • Jillane Kent

      Statistically, violent crime has decreased. This is from 2012, but you can find the latest statistics from the FBI on their website.

      • TomJB

        Dont confuse Sasha with actual statistics. If the MSNBCBSABCNN cartel shows nothing but shootings on the news, that means there are more of them. Kind of like the shark attacks in the summer of ’01

    • Calcat36

      Neither will ignoring the African warlords that machete folks to death. Where is your outcry for that?

    • KansasGirl

      I agree.
      The leftists are the cause of violent behavior.

  • Maxx

    The Onion over the years has created some truly hysterically funny stories.

    There was nothing funny about this.

  • V the K

    This from the same “edgy” humor site that took a year and a half to make a joke about Obama’s Teleprompter dependency.

  • Calcat36

    Is this the appropriate place to offer a bounty for any Onion employee’s head on a stake? If they want to write by the sword, let them perish by the sword!

  • daeghrefn

    They wouldn’t have dared to joke about Gabrielle Giffords’ being shot. Unless, of course, it was to accuse Tea Partiers and Palin of doing it.

  • Calcat36

    Onion Article: Sandy Hook children should have duck, duck, ducked.

    Menendez goes to Dominican Republic. 16 year old girls ask him for “chocolate!”

  • $21367552

    Maybe if you have absolutely no sense of dark humor or see no irony in the fact that someone who has been a sniper in such dangerous countries would then die an untimely death in good old Murica you should stick to reading Family Circus to get your guffaws you gaggle of semi-literate slack-jawed swag-bellied philistines.

    • Jillane Kent

      Having a sense of propriety and decency is now considered the province of idiots? Would you excuse The Onion had they provided similar “social commentary” following the Batman/theater shooting or the Tuscon shooting? Would you have found that similarly as amusing and edgy?

    • daeghrefn

      So instead of trying to make a tacky anti-miliitary point they get a pass for making a tacky gun control jab. As for semi-literate slack-jawed whatevers, how did you feel about Limbaugh’s calling Fluke a “slut”? Maybe the man had a point?

  • BeeKaaay

    Remember, for bloodthirsty leftwingwackos, the death of an American veteran is LOL-worthy.

  • Drinky McGee

    Thank God we have Twitchy to tell us what we’re allowed to say.

    • blockthiscnn

      All I’ve seen is twitchy saying it was in poor taste, which is true. No one has called for the power of the government to be brought down on the Onion.

  • kilthan

    Okay, hear me out fellow conservatives:

    What if they point of the satire isn’t Chris Kyle but those people who are screaming about how horribly unsafe America is and how horrible guns are.

    Think about it, if that article appeared on, say, ABC or CBS, or CNN none of us would have batted an eye. We would chock it up to the fact they’re liberal and they feel that way.

    But, if you’re making fun of the people who act like America is massively unsafe because of guns, you write an article just like this. It satirizes their demonization of America as a “hellish landscape” where you could be gunned down at any time.

    I think we’re overreacting here, and are missing a prime piece of satire aimed at our opponents. bad taste, maybe, but Its not aimed at Chris Kyle. Its aimed at those dancing on his grave for gun control.

  • Mike Hunt

    i find this actually pretty funny.