• Apr 29, 2009
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The recent happenings of the auto industry are anything but funny, especially when it comes to the tens of thousands of lost jobs. Well, it wasn't funny until the writers at The Onion put their comedic minds to it. Beyond the jump is a positively brilliant spoof on Onion News Now for a reality show called Auto Warriors. The reality show won't show people trying to win $1 million dollars or score a record deal with Simon Cowell. Instead, the faux show pits workers from two Ford plants against one another, and the winners keep their jobs. The task for the big two hour edition of Auto Warriors? Build 1,000 Ford Focus models in 24 hours... with no electricity.

From where we sit, the satire is funny because it shows exactly why reality shows have gone over the deep end. It's brilliant because it underscores the apathy with which job losses are reported in the media, while also showing just how difficult a situation blue collar America is in. It sounds like an attack on the auto workers, but when you watch it you'll see that the the auto workers are the only ones that survive the 3:24 spoof intact. Hit the jump to watch it for yourselves. (Belated) Hat tip to Neil.

[Source: The Onion]


Autoworkers Compete to Keep Jobs, Livelihoods on New Reality Show


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Brilliantly entertaining yet conveys a message. I like it. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes! Autoblog used my tip! Too bad I wasn't credited
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah, thanks for the belated hat tip
      • 5 Years Ago
      Basically, every non-union employee IS in competition to maintain a job. It is survival of the fittest.

      Promote the top 10 and fire the bottom 10. Maintain the rest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much gallows humour does anyone suppose ordinary working Americans can take before they revolt? Just wondering: America has become quite polarised, with a ruling elite that has gated and politicised itself off from the ordinary people, so I reckon the US could now be nearly mature/decadent enough to foment its own revolution.

      It was sorta funny, but pretty sick. I'd prefer the South Park version, when it comes...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. This is really brilliant. Sorta like gallows humor.

      I am even more depressed about this country. Seems as if working men are no more than a statistic for this country.

      I am sure some from the Michigan area bound to shed some tears after this.


        • 5 Years Ago
        So you think the Fredricksburg, IN team is going to win?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This spoof becomes even funnier when you factor in the Obama Pie-in-the-Sky Energy Plan that doesn't create any new energy most of us will be able to afford. So I guess we will be building plug-in hybrids in the dark and then not be able to charge them after buying one with Govt bailout money because the cost of the vehicle is prohibitive. (Re) Volt anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real contest will be how will UAW work with Ford, while they OWN part of Chrysler and most of GM, with the US Government.

      They don't own and control Ford, YET.

      So, how is the UAW/US Gov't going to compete with Chevy and Chrysler, against Ford?

      What happens when Ford wants to negotiate with UAW... and UAW sees that they own a competing company.

      What happens when Ford still sells cars to people who won't buy cars from a nationalized company, as GM now is...

      This will not be a joke, when it comes around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've been pondering the very same concern you have. I don't know what's going to happen, but have a very uneasy feeling about the whole thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah!

      I must have over-looked the part that said *spoof*.

      My bad. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol. it's a good idea. the problem with spoofs like this is they are SO much like the real thing they're not that funny. The tv hosts and graphics are actually no more over the top than real ones so the joke gets a bit overshadowed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the point. They are exaggerating the already laughable graphics, etc to show how ridiculous the real things are...
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