An onion has many layers, but let’s face it, this Onion just stinks.
The Onion, which is known for it’s satire, has crossed the line. A November 5, 2010 post filed under their sports section, is meant to make fun of Jay Cutler, but instead adds insult to injury.
Quoted from The Onion:
Group Of Kids With Diabetes All Die One Day After Visit From Jay Cutler
“Less than 24 hours after a visit from Bears quarterback and Type 1 diabetes sufferer Jay Cutler, a group of 32 schoolchildren who shared his disease died Tuesday.”
The author obviously does not have a child with diabetes. Does not fret every minute of the day that their child is safe.
The author doesn’t have a moment each morning that their child with diabetes sleeps a few minutes extra that the reason they haven’t awoken is because they can’t.
Seriously. Is there a parent of a child with diabetes that hasn’t thought at least once: “God, I hope my child is still alive.”
I feel The Onion needs not only to take down this post immediately, but also needs to issue an apology for the insensitivity.
I blame the writer. I blame the editor who allowed it to stand. And I blame the company as a whole for going where us parents never want to go: seeing a child with diabetes die for no apparent reason.
I did not see a place to comment on the post, but please let The Onion know that you are outraged by e-mailing (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweeting (@TheOnion).
I hate to give them page hits, but to read the entire ridiculous article, I’m afraid you’ll have to click over as I respect their copyright and won’t reprint the entire article.
As parents of children with diabetes, should we be offended and outraged by this? Or should we “learn to take a joke” as some people might say?
Read all of my NaBloPoMo 2010 posts.