The ones who were less outraged -- and, in some cases, thought the tweet funny -- became driven to not only defend The Onion and the general thesis of satire and parody , but to turn tables to attack, sometimes quite viciously, those who were offended by it.
This is the movie season to consider the CIA as a benign force, occasionally stumbling but in the end, driven by good intentions. The example of Iran, where the Argo caper is set, is instructive of the absurdity of that view.
The Oscars may have been tasteless, but the twits who reviewed the Oscars were almost uniformly without taste. The proper response to Seth MacFarlane -- and this may be the professional response we in fact encountered -- is envy.
Almost as surprising as The Onion tweet? The fact that the leading media columnist in America apparently doesn't understand how privilege works.
Entertain yourself with this year's Oscar winners and nominees, but remember that however much they seem normal to celebrate the rescue of hostages from Tehran, or the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, in the real world it wasn't carried out by people half as good looking.
Unlike most of our peers, some of us don't really care about the red-carpet pageantry, or even about the nominees. We care more about all the stuff they get for free.
In a room full of stars, at a time in which the United States and Israel contemplated possible military strikes, crippling sanctions and Iran's nuclear ambitions, an Iranian man created a counter-narrative as Hollywood awarded him a Golden Globe, which he received from Madonna on stage.
Perhaps you were asleep. Or drowsy. Or buzzed from a drinking game. Perhaps you were focused on the dress. You were comparing it to all of the evenin...
Sunday night's Oscars telecast proved one thing: perhaps women should be running the show -- figuratively and otherwise.
It's very nice that Oscars made a special tribute to movie musicals. The only problem is that not a single one of the musicals honored (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Les Miz) was ever eligible for Oscar's own category of "Best Original Musical."
Here is the sad truth -- I wanted to know, in aggregate, how many people interact with the Oscars. I searched and searched some more, and the only information I could find on audience size was from Nielsen.
Five love it-or-leave-it looks that everyone couldn't stop buzzing about
Can you imagine a reporter not bothering to learn the name of a world leader because it makes demands on her articulation? Yet some want to call Quvenzhané uppity for insisting on the dignity of her own name.
Seth MacFarlane did it! We won't be grabbing our pitchforks and torches -- he turned the 85th Oscars into the best in years. Nothing was off limits for the Family Guy creator.
For many, Jake Eberts was a ray of hope, inspiration, and admiration. He served humankind by giving back and physically showing so much about the world in which we live. He was a legend yet Hollywood missed an opportunity to recognize his accomplishments.
The controversy and shortcomings of Zero Dark Thirty has opened a critical conversation and debate. Hopefully it will lead to brave new Hollywood storytelling about these years when America went in search of monsters to destroy, and ended up slaying things once held dear.