Tuesday 28 July 2015

Running gag reflex: S'poreans react to New Nation copying The Onion

Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.

For a while now, local satirical news site New Nation has been publishing this running gag about how "S'poreans react" to different news items.

The format is always the same: a recap of the news, the recycling of three photos of "S'poreans" with three made-up quotes, three made-up names and three made-up occupations.

It bears striking resemblance to a running gag called American Voices in the US satirical news site The Onion, which is clearly the inspiration for New Nation.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

"All these Ah Tiongs all the same. They only know how to copycat."
- Xena Poh, 23, freelance protest sign inker

"How do we know New Nation copy The Onion? Maybe The Onion copy New Nation."
- Alvin Singh, 48, unemployed social media editor

"New Nation still around? I thought the newspaper closed down in the 80s."
- Jerry Mun, 67, part-time electoral boundary redrawer

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