The Onion has a history of asking Boston to shape up. The satirical news site’s latest salvo against the city was a light-hearted swipe at one of the city’s most august institutions: Shitty Museum Doesn’t Even Have a Mona Lisa. It’s more of a jab at the patron, but it’s fun to see the Museum of Fine Arts ribbed a little.
Over the years, scores of Onion stories carried a Boston dateline. And dozens tackle Boston directly. Whether the Onion was laughing with us or laughing at us, they definitely remembered to bring the funny.
Here are 11 of the better Boston-based Onion headlines, as judged by one guy.
It didn’t take long for Mayor Marty Walsh to make his Onion debut:
2013: Everyone In Whitey Bulger Trial Found Dead In Woods Outside Dorchester
Admit it, at one point or another, you sort of thought that would actually happen.
2012: Romney Proudly Explains How He’s Turned Campaign Around
‘I’m Lying More,’ He Says
Romney was never as rich a target for The Onion as Joe Biden, but they got in some good shots here and there.
Anyone who has sat through a Patriots Day re-enactment can appreciate this one. The included infographic really sells the gag.
Sounds about right.
This was posted weeks before Kerry actually saluted to start his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.
That’s what the Supreme Judicial Court decided, right?
You might not know it, but Kevin Youkilis was a running gag with The Onion for years. And almost all of the stories deal with some weird sexual undertones. This is one of the few headlines we could print.
This one feels real.
We skipped most of the Onion’s Boston Marathon bombing posts because, while funny, there are a lot of folks around here who aren’t ready to crack wise about that day just yet. But this one was just oblique enough to work.Scalese can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BertoScalese.