At times I imagine that The Sun’s editorial board brainstorm sessions are centered around “Things We Hate” followed by “Things We Are Offended By”. As June is Bike Month The Sun has inevitably launched its blitzkrieg on Enemy #1 – Bikes, people who ride them, the “bike lanes” they ride on & the politicians who support them.
To kick off this years Bike Month, The Sun has published a lovely piece by Mike Strobel (the guy with “off beat views”) entitled Happy $#@%$& Bike Month!
Kill the Cyclists! JK!
I enjoy humour but Mike Stroble’s article is a badly written “opinion piece” (not a news piece although that is the section it lives in) that attempts to use Buzzfeed’s classic list format without the gifs, or humour.
I do not understand The Toronto Sun’s rabid War on Bikes. I feel as if their time & energy could be used more constructively to battle child hunger, working-class poverty or the cities Raccoon problem. But, hey I guess people on bikes = the end of western civilization as we know it!
Oh I know Mike Strobel’s article “is a joke” & I am just a too easily offended feminist liberal cyclist. But, I’m not offended oh no. I’m disgusted by The Sun’s pandering to the fanatical hatred of a few & fueling a division where none is needed.
And frankly, this “joke” is not even funny or clever or unique. His opinion piece has a tone of passive-aggressive anger & negativity, & his funny celebrations are peppered with the usual anti-liberal jabes. Stroble should really read The Onion or The Beaverton more so he can get an idea of how to write a satirical piece.
His satire game is weak.