Tuesday, August 12, 2008

One way to render yourself immune to parody...

...is to take up permanent residence, in total seriousness and blissful unawareness of your own insanity, in realms of absurdity beyond the wildest realms of the parodist's imagination.

This would be a technique that PETA has mastered; as witness this article in the local Houston paper, describing PETA's request to put up signs warning illegal immigrants that they should stay in Mexico where their diet is healthy, rather than coming to America and getting fat. Plus they ought to be vegetarians.

The two money quotes from PETA's own advisors (granted, perhaps the Chronicle leaves out some redeeming context, but I doubt it):

"We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables." Because, of course, it is impossible to purchase corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables in American supermarkets; and also, of course, it is impossible to get tamales, caldo de pollo, carne asado, or menudo in Monterrey.

And the same PETA spokesperson is quoted by the Chronicle, albeit without context, as saying that he thinks the advertising messages about the life-threatening risks of the American diet "might even be frightening enough to deter people from crossing into the U.S."

I gather that this article was actually submitted originally to The Onion, but they refused to run it because the absurdity content was too over-the-top for their publication...

HT: Ace.


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