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People think The Onion’s ‘Stop and Kiss’ video is real

Dec 4, 2013

On Tuesday The Onion ran a hilarious video mocking the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy, with the headline “Bloomberg Defends NYPD’s Controversial Stop And Kiss Program.” In the video, newscasters debate the legality of cops stopping people and kissing them on the lips:

Amazingly, a lot of people believe the piece is real, as Gothamist pointed out. They’re commenting on YouTube, voicing their outrage and confusion:

Screen Shot 2013 12 04 at 2.19.15 PM People think The Onions Stop and Kiss video is real

Screen Shot 2013 12 04 at 2.22.03 PM People think The Onions Stop and Kiss video is real

Screen Shot 2013 12 04 at 2.22.37 PM People think The Onions Stop and Kiss video is real

And also taking to Twitter:

WTF indeed. People have been mistaking Onion pieces for real news for a long time now (as regularly chronicled in the blog Literally Unbelievable). I guess the fact that The Onion is a popular satire site still doesn’t raise any red flags.

h/t Gothamist

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