Judge Orders Satirical Site To Remove Joke Story About Fictional Giraffe Attack
from the there-goes-the-onion dept
There are tons of “satirical” news websites out there (pretty much all of them are following — not nearly as well — in the trail blazed by The Onion) and every so often it is true that someone gets “fooled” by one of those sites. But it usually doesn’t take long for the fooled party to set things straight. But apparently the Global Wildlife Center in Louisiana thinks that a satire about itself is illegal… and somehow has convinced a judge of that as well. Romenesko points us to the news that a judge has issued an injunction forcing a blog to pull down its satirical story about a supposed “giraffe attack” at the Center. The story was a play on the usual stories of tiger or bear attacks. Who knows if it was actually funny or not, but the Center’s director is upset that “it’s malicious and untrue.” It’s satire. It wasn’t malicious, but the whole point is that it’s untrue. It’s pretty sad that the judge agreed to shut it down, and the Center’s argument that it can’t be satire because “the site isn’t labeled as satire” is pretty ridiculous as well. Should everyone writing satire be forced to label it as such?