— ʝ9 ツ kalashnikitty (@jea_nine) February 5, 2013
@theonion What the hell, man?
— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) February 5, 2013
There’s dark humor, and then there’s The Onion’s dreadful attempt to turn the murder of an American hero and the country he fought for into LOL-bait.
Ex-Sniper Shot Dead After Surviving Years In Harrowing United States onion.com/YPgHzW
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 4, 2013
We’re not laughing:
Tragedy struck on Saturday as famed former sniper Chris Kyle reportedly was shot and killed at a local gun range, marking a bitter end to the life of a renowned Navy SEAL who had survived long, brutal years in the hellish landscape of the United States. “This man endured countless risks and witnessed indescribable horrors during his extended time in America, but in the end, his luck just ran out,” Glen Rose Police Department spokesman James Alvarez said of Kyle, whose shooting death was just one of hundreds of senseless acts of violence recorded in the United States so far this year.
The Onion usually does a good job dancing right up to the line separating satire from bad taste. This one crosses it. theonion.com/articles/exsni…
— Stephen Losey (@StephenLosey) February 4, 2013
That Twitter user wasn’t alone. Many thought The Onion went way over the line with the tasteless attempt at humor.
— Tony Mazur (@TonyMazur) February 5, 2013
I’m all for satire and sarcasm, but this is way too far, way too soon. theonion.com/articles/exsni…
— Steph (@StephIlderton) February 5, 2013
— Craigé (@CraigR3521) February 5, 2013
@theonion i never do this, but then again i find very few things outrageous… article on Chris Kyle not appropriate in the least bit today!
— Eduardo Regueira (@Dudau) February 4, 2013
— Diworsity (@Diworsity) February 5, 2013
— Grant Reynolds (@grantr44) February 5, 2013
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) February 5, 2013
— Daniel Victor (@dvictor11) February 5, 2013
— John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl) February 5, 2013
Jesus, this Onion piece about Chris Kyle seems in poor taste, huh. onion.com/11LvdFd
— Bill Wasik (@billwasik) February 4, 2013
— Philip Lasseigne (@PLasseigne) February 5, 2013
— Rex Harrison’s Hat (@RexHarrisonsHat) February 5, 2013
Not that we expect tasteful or high-brow humor from The Onion. But we do expect humor, and this didn’t come close.
— Marcus Deyerin (@MDeyerin) February 4, 2013
— Duncan Hopkins (@Duncanistan) February 5, 2013
— estee pierce (@plotzpie) February 4, 2013