Is Philadelphia too jaded for the Onion?

    Well, it’s here. The Onion has made its local debut, with pages full of the expected satire, sarcasm and astute observations. It was, ya know, just OK.

    The only part of the paper that’s actually localized is the arts and entertainment A.V. Club section. So aside from a small but admittedly funny dig at the Sixers, the rest of the paper had a national/international focus.

    Philadelphia magazine contributor Tim Whitaker says this is to be expected, and that Philadelphia is a far too satirical place to appreciate the newspaper parody.

    Citing Milton Street’s mayoral campaign, the impending prison release of mobster Joey Merlino and the pizza shop owner who tried to sabotage his competitors by planting mice in their establishments, Whitaker suggests we’re too jaded a town for satirical headlines like:

    “Greyhound Now Charging Customers $15 Fee To Vomit In Aisle”

    After all, isn’t that what Philebrity is for?

    Feed the Feed: What’s your take on localized version of the Onion?

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