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"Gay Cureness Walk?" Cobb Gets 'The Onion' Treatment

Atlanta gay website Project Q called The Onion's satirical piece "a brilliant takedown," but admitted that it was "hitting a little too close to reality" for Cobb County.

Cobb County's been in America's cultural crosshairs before, as Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee in his re-election battle against Bill Byrne. 

On Friday, the satirical newspaper and website The Onion had fun at Cobb's expense in an article and video devoted to the same topic as a nearly 20-year-old episode that Lee referenced -- homosexuality. 

In a fictitious story on its website that includes a Marietta dateline, The Onion wrote about efforts by a "Cobb County Evangelical Hospital" that holds an annual "Gay Cureness Walk." The money raised will be used to build a new gayness treatment center at the hospital.

The accompanying video "interviews" include a physician at the hospital, as well as a supposedly "cured" gay man who presents his female spouse. Another male "survivor" said he "feels great to be around so many incredible guys who went through the same thing."

Another interview is with a woman upset over "losing" her daughter to gayness. "She lives in Seattle now," the mother sighs.

This is standard fare for The Onion, which according to Wikipedia claims a print circulation of 400,000 and 7.5 million monthly unique visitors to its website.

The Onion's seeming target in this story is Cobb evangelicals. But the publication routinely skewers formulaic news media coverage, especially overwrought television news presentation of illnesses and diseases.

This week Lee dredged up that Byrne voted for as then-chairman, but said he wished he could have back. The vote cost Cobb a 1996 Atlanta Olympics volleyball venue and plenty of unwanted national media attention.

The Atlanta gay website Project Q called The Onion's piece "a brilliant takedown," but admitted that it was "hitting a little too close to reality for the Atlanta suburb."

What do you think of "The Onion" story?

todd August 19, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The joke is on the onion and gays because they're the ones that get all kind of diseases ,thank god.
Patrick August 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Ok Todd, I'll bite--what diseases do gays get that straight people don't?
Tim August 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Todd's not capitalizing God says enough.
Patrick August 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
No Tim--in a religion where the Almighty causes people to "get all kind of diseases ,thank god", a small "g" is appropriate. :)
Tim August 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Patrick, you're probably right!
Clicker August 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Keep fighting to hold those closet doors closed Todd! We're all pulling for you.
Patrick August 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Take it easy Todd. Sounds like you are about to blow a gasket!
Hunt Archbold (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Good day, I have removed several comments from this thread today that were in violation of the Patch Terms of Use. As a reminder, users are solely responsible for the content that you post on the service or transmit to other users. Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains content that among others is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive; is threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; promotes or encourages violence. Violation of the Patch Terms of Use can and will result in the suspension of Patch user privileges. Thank you.
James August 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM
@ Patrick God is not a religion. He is God. He does not cause anyone to get diseases but there are ALWAYS consequences to our actions.
todd August 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Hunt ,you have tied my hands ,now I can't help these poor confused people . and hunt have you read some of the stuff they said about me.
Patrick August 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
James--I could not agree more. God is not a religion and God should not be "thanked" when people are stricken with horrible diseases. Intolerance, bigotry and hatred are decisions one makes that definitely have consequences. I am not sure that Todd understands these concepts.
Patrick August 21, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Todd--I believe Hunt has probably read all of the comments posted on this particular blog and YOURS were moderated because they were offensive, vulgar, and malicious. Name calling and profanity don't really help the case you are arguing. You were NOT the "victim" of "attacks"--you were the perpetrator. I suggest you calm down, compose a well thought-out response free of vulgarities and speak your mind in a logical, concise, factual way if you are going to be taken seriously on ANY blog. Correct grammer and spell-check would also help you convey your message in a serious way. Spelling "gerbil" correctly would have been a good start in one of your posts that was moderated.
todd August 22, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Dude ,stop srying to sell yourself as intelligent because you correct me on mispelling a word . you are sick you are not smart.
James August 22, 2012 at 11:53 PM
@ Patrick " God should not be "thanked" when people are stricken with horrible diseases. " I don't know if you're referring to something that was posted here or not. At any rate ANYONE that would make such a statement does not understand who God is and clearly do not share His heart for the broken.
Ms. August 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Ever seen all the women (and male supporters) from all walks of life who show up to breast cancer walks? You think they're all gay because they have a disease? What about all the people with Alzheimer's, them too? What about all the children with cancer? Them too?
Patrick August 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Hi James, Yes--I was definitely referring to Todd's comment which began this whole thread: "The joke is on the onion and gays because they're the ones that get all kind of diseases ,thank god. I think you will agree that statement was offensive and I called him out on it.
todd August 23, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Ms ,you can't compare poor unfortunate people who by no fault of their on get a disease to people who are asking for it.
Patrick August 23, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Go ahead Todd--tell us all which people are "asking for" diseases. I'm sure there are lots of people in Africa who would be interested in your answer. Congratulations on finally making a comment without spelling errors, btw.

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