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March 04 2008

Onion Parody: FCC Okays Nudity on Television if it Involves Alyson Hannigan. A very funny spoof on the FCC rules regarding nudity on television, focusing on Alyson Hannigan. Let's keep it clean out there, but this is very clever.

Yeah, the Onion is pretty hilarious.
Too funny! And yet, somehow, I really do agree 100%!
Very funny.
And yet so sad that the FCC has such a wacky attitude toward the human body.
Makes absolute perfect sense to me. Make it so.
That was amazing.
Odd. I always thought the FCC was run by the Amish, thus explaining how they can fine ABC for obscenity for a show that hadn't been on the air for three years.
You know, even if we didn't already know, it should be quite obvious that this is a parody, 'cause as far as I can tell, there isn't a governmental body in the US of A displaying that much good taste and common sense these days...
I'd love to know what Alyson thinks about this!
Heh, gotta love the Onion.
The Onion is brilliant. They always give away the entire joke in the headline, and then somehow make it even better in the actual article/video.
I request a return of a version of the Fairness Doctrine for this case. If Allyson's gross girly bosom must be displayed, there must be equal time given to James Marsters' luscious bosom.
In all fairness to any doctrine, we'd need three seasons of anyone's girly bosom just to catch up to what we've already had of the other.
No electricity in Amish homes, so not too much concern about television standards and practices.
Oh, Arsenal, you came so close... but you spelled Alyson's name wrong, therefore disqualifying you. Plus, the phrase 'gross girly bosom' makes everyone think that you are 7 years old. Also, James Marsters' chest is displayed approximately every third episode. You do watch Buffy, right? ;)
Every third episode, zeitgeist? I think it might be every third scene. ;-)
Well, yeah ;) I was giving the benefit of the doubt.
So, is there a petition we can all sign or something?
Everyone knows the FCC is run by Cobra Commander, not the Amish.
I, for one, require more evidence of flute usage.
I found that more creepy than funny...
About time our tax dollars started working for what's right for a change. Way to go, FCC! ;)
Ok, well, who hasn't thought that nudity on television would be ok if its Alyson? I really enjoyed the creepy FCC guy!
I was born with Onion-immunity. Have yet to see them do anything I find funny. I usually get told I just don't get it because I don't know American culture. Fine.
OK, I know I'm risking veering off topic here.

Caroline, what do you think of this (my favorite & only two words) Onion headline:

Ringo Next

No? OK, your shields are holding.
I'd love to know what Alyson thinks about this!

I'd love to know what Alexis this about this!
there isn't a governmental body in the US of A displaying that much good taste and common sense

Rowan, this made me laugh as much as the video itself. Like any real gov't guy would even know of Veronica Mars, let alone the fact that Alyson was ever on it (sadly, though not in a swimsuit). I think Charisma's appearance mostly made up for it...mostly. And now I'm sounding creepy.
Arsenal Umm...I really don't think you can call a man's pectoral region a "bosom," without, you know, getting socked on the nose for it. And...luscious? I hope you were trying for funny, because otherwise that's just...so many levels of wrong.

Sometimes being on dial-up isn't entirely a bad thing - I can't watch this video.
Caroline, what do you think of this (my favorite & only two words) Onion headline:

Ringo Next


My personal favorite was "Ebert Victorious". :)
I'd love to know what Alyson thinks about this!

I'd love to know what Alexis this about this!


I'd love to know what Alyson thinks about what Alexis thinks about this.

I don't really know American culture that well but I know what makes me laugh and about 7.24 times out of 10 'The Onion' does just that. There's a "trick" to their schtick and in some ways the formula is pretty, well, formulaic but it's still good (and occasionally great) satire.

(couldn't possibly pick a favourite headline overall but just from that page "Child Bankrupts Make-A-Wish Foundation With Wish For Unlimited Wishes" brought minor mirth ;)

And having not seen the video, can I say how enlightened America seems to me ? I just wish we also had rules about regarding nudity on television, sometimes I forget exactly how i'm meant to do it and rules, or at least guidelines, would be bloody handy.
The scene that comes to mind is Willow in leather in Doppelgangland saying, "Oh, look at those!"
My fave Onion headline, which is written in like 72-point type, is "Man Walks on the F*******g Moon!" For some reason, that one gets me every time.

But I think this one was clever because it plays on the adorableness/sexiness of Alyson Hannigan, which is her best feature.
I love too many Onion headlines to pick a favorite, but this one always makes me giggle:

Evengelical Scientists Refute Gravity with New "Intelligent Falling" Theory
Well,if we're doing the favorite headline thing, I've always had a soft spot for:

Hemingway Shoots Lions, Self.
I heartily endorse these new guidelines and will vote for them in the next election.
"Kennedy Shot 127 Times from 43 Different Angles."

I might be persuaded to sign the petition to see this rule established if the nudity in question also involved Eliza, but maybe I'm getting greedy.
Jane Espenson recently dissected some Onion headlines on her blog and wrote about a This American Life segment that explored how their writers' room works. I find them sometimes very funny, sometimes not, myself.
From "Our Dumb World" (the Onion's Atlas)

"Albania: the Haiti of Europe"
No One Makes It To Burning Man Festival

Not a great headline, but my all-time most favoritest Onion article ever.

[ edited by Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner on 2008-03-04 18:13 ]
I love the Onion's written stuff, and all the headlines you folks chose have made me laugh. Especially Dana's. But I don't think the style translates well to video - the human "interface" screws up the retelling, IMHO.

The Day Today was the Alpha and Omega of in person news-spoofing for me (yes, dating myself once again, I know.)
Where's the funny?
This documentary is too one-sided. Ms Hannigan can ACT, don't forget.
That scene at the end of Season Seven after Xander has his eye gouged out, and Alyson is sitting on his bed in the hospital trying not to cry, and failing. Not many could pull that off they way she did.
This past issue's "idiom shortage" headline cracked me up, but I do think it would have been more effective had it been accompanied by tasteful, artistic images of (for example) Alyson Hannigan.
Documentary? And no one is saying the woman CAN'T act and no one is forgetting it.

[ edited by zeitgeist on 2008-03-04 21:26 ]
Documentary?
I completely agree, Zeitgeist, the one-sidedness of that piece DOES bring into question its eligibility for inclusion in the CANON of factual presentation.
Its woeful DISREGARD for Ms Hannigans professional integrity, not to mention its misrepresentation of the role of memory in our cognitive APPRAISAL of Ms Hannigans perkiness is, er, woeful.
Look people, there's more to Alyson Hannigan than acting talent and a lovely personality you know, she also happens to look great naked (i've i'd imagined). When are we going to learn that people aren't just depth, depth, depth and stop forcing them into non-naked boxes (unless they're see-through obviously) ?

"Speak Your Brains !" SNT ;). Kind of agree, if you're not going the "way over the top" route it actually feels less immediate with people in the loop. Better in words (and the odd wacky graph).
RHTG, never saw that Burning Man one before. Funny, funny. Boy, do I have people to send that to.
My favourite Onion headline would have to be "Dog Urine Lowers Heart Attack Risk, Say Snickering Researchers", although you really have to read the whole article.

Anyways, the Alyson Hannigan story reminds me of the good ol' days when I had to explain to my friends who thought that I only watched Buffy to see Buffy herself that not only was the series worth watching on its' own merits (writing, storylines, etc.) regardless of actress eye candy, but it was Willow and not Buffy who provided most of said eye candy! =D
Mild Mike - Please don't take this the wrong way, but are you a specially programmed Whedonesque Spam Bot or are you just taking the piss? :)

I ask this because the link is a JOKE.
I'd bet on the latter I think zeitgeist ;).
Yeah, Mike. Never forget the smiley! Learn from Saje.

ETA: :)

[ edited by jcs on 2008-03-04 22:55 ]
I was hoping so, but I didn't want to assume ;) Saje learned to use smileys the hard way as I recall :D
That's the only way I learn anything though ;).
WryBread, you got my favorite Onion article picked. Excellent! (Nice posting name, too.)
"Bill Clinton: Screw It, I'm Running For President" made me laugh out loud a few weeks ago. Mostly when he started describing how everyone else running had been shaking hands wrong-- "NO! Warm double-clasp!"
SNT: Couldn't agree more - the Day Today raises the bar for any spoof news show - the episode in which they turn an ordinary interview into an all-out instant war is superb.
OK, this has officially topped my "favorite Onion video clip," supplanting the prior champion -- track down their "Ninja Parade" bit.

Ninja Parade Slips Through Town

[ edited by zeitgeist-to add link and remove signature- on 2008-03-05 01:26 ]

Hey, somebody stole my signature! Stop, thief! Come back here with my "J"! Police! Arrest that letter-bandit!

[ edited by Jay Tea on 2008-03-05 04:39 ]
All I can say is if Alyson ever decides to "reveal" herself to the world, I hope it's in a humorous way. She does comedy so well.
Ok... that clip made Coca-Cola come out my nose. It has been a while since I've had a clip give me fizzy nostrils.

[ edited by Mort on 2008-03-05 08:29 ]
Hello zeitgeist.
I was in two minds as to whether I should reply or just walk away, so Iíll do both.
One of the attributes that people here on Whedonesque (quite rightly) say about the site, is the general air of goodwill and easy-going discussion that holds sway. I certainly adhere to that view.
The idea that anyone here, not just me, would even contemplate the possibility of Alyson not being a good actress is almost as absurd as the idea that this Onion piece could be a documentary.
Your first response to me, which has since been changed (why?), stated ďAnd no one is saying the woman CAN act and no one is forgetting itĒ seemed to me at the time a funny response and in keeping with the ďabsurdistĒ character of the thread.
Your amended response, and the second one (I donít know what a Whedonesque Spam Bot is) strikes me as intemperate and in rather stark contrast to the air of goodwill I referred to earlier. Especially from someone whose name is coloured yellow.
And at no time in the few years Iíve been coming to this site have I come across a comment like yours concerning ďtaking the pissĒ. Or maybe I havenít been looking hard enough.
Either way it leaves a rather sour taste in the mouth.
Mild Mike, signing outÖ

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