The Onion Makes Fun of Wikipedia

By Deane Barker on November 11, 2004

I Must Take Issue With The Wikipedia Entry For ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: Excellent parody over at The Onion lampoons Wikipedia and the people who edit it. So, technically, I have become the subject of an Onion article. I knew it would happen one day.

To whomever or whatever is currently in charge of the free encyclopedia and online community portal at, I demand that you remove the mask of anonymity and account for the gross oversights to be found on your site. I must take issue with your entry for “Weird Al” Yankovic — for in allowing it to remain active, you are perpetrating a great injustice.

You most likely recognize my username, misterhand43. If you do not, you at the least recall my flame war with SoulblighterEric—I speak, of course, of the altercation which led to my ignoble suspension as a Wikipedia editor. As penance for my immaturity on the Admiral Akbar talk-page thread last March, I have held my tongue for eight months now.