Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Onion: Wrestling Fans Are Fake

While I think The Onion only scratched the surface of how funny this could have been, this does poke some fun at the criticism of wrestling being fake while...sort of...raising the fact that wrestling fans are performing, too. Unfortunately, the only go so far in exploring it to the degree they could...


4 comments:

Melissa Smith said...

I'm a fan of using comedy to discuss... anything, really, so I thought this was great. I agree, though, that they could have done so much more with the idea, and I would have loved to see them go a little deeper into the role of wrestling fans. There's a balance to be kept between good content and viewer attention spans, but I think The Onion could have pushed the boundary a bit farther on this one.

Gary said...

While this was very funny, it just could have delved into the contrast on how fans are becoming increasingly important as the "say" into Vince's storytelling, e.g. If they had a clip of Monday Night Raw, from 1993, where the fans turned on Doink the Clown, by yelling "Kill the clown; kill the clown." Of course, there are several other instances where the fan rules as to plot.

Melissa Smith said...

Well you just wrote a lovely little article on this topic, didn't you? There is definitely a gap in research on fan interaction in wrestling, I feel, so I'm glad you could help fill that space with your writing, Sam. Looking forward to discussing it tomorrow!

Sam Ford said...

Enjoyed the conversation on the fan's role, and it provided some great perspective as I look to revise that piece for publication...