Tips for Navigating the Satirical Web

When you read a headline like this:

Michelle Obama To Play Wife Of Lando Calrissian In Star Wars: Episode VII

…pause. Before going off on a rant about the incestuous relationship between Hollywood and our political class (real enough as Mrs. Obama’s silly Oscar appearance–and, by the the way, the political career of Ronald Reagan–demonstrated), check the other headlines at the site. If they refer to articles like

….then it is ill-advised to take the headline as news.

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  • Stu

    Are you trying to tell me the Flying McLiger Sandwich isn’t real?

    Now I have to cancel my lunch plans.


    • Andy, Bad Person

      You will never convince me that Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t really a horse.

      • Stu

        I’d have to hear her say “Wilbur” before I pass judgment.

  • Jonathan F. Sullivan

    I… I kinda want to see Todd Akin and Bill Nye debate.

  • deiseach

    What, Rick Santorum isn’t the Sexiest Living Male Republican? Then who is the acme of manly conservative political hotness, Mark? ;-)

  • Tim in Cleveland

    Bill Murray has been up to a lot in the world of satire. Here’s another obvious satirical headline:

    Bill Murray on board for “Ghostbusters 3″.

  • Dan F.

    are those comments on the site serious? wow….

  • Billy Bean

    I don’t recall Reagan’s relationship with Hollywood being all that romantic. Perhaps a few show biz conservatives supported him, and some of the glitter people showed up at the occasional White House gala for Nancy’s sake, but overall I think Hollywood despised Reagan. He was an embarrassment to their carefully cultivated elitist liberalism. The mutual antipathy between Reagan and the Hollywood left made it unlikely that even a parasitic relationship could exist between them.

    • Mark Shea

      To be sure. I don’t mean the Hollywood left liked him. I merely mean his acting career was the platform to his political career. Personally, I always like Spencer Tracy’s take on actors and politics: “Remember who shot Lincoln.”

  • Rosemarie


    Lando Calrissian’s wife? He strikes me as too much of a ladies man to even have one.