HIGH TIMES caught up with the team behind the satirical social experiment of FOX Online. Shut down by Facebook and scorned by many online who don’t understand the satire, this team has been preying on the unethical ridiculousness that Fox News portrays as reporting on cannabis and marijuana culture as well as on the masses (some of whom mistakenly believe they are the real Fox News). If there is one lesson to learn folks, it’s to do your research and not believe everything you are told.
What are your motives behind the page?Wanda Grizwald: Finding out what people believe, what they hear, or what they think.Olive Menses: Absolute satire of Fox News and the whole conservative/Tea Party news cycle. Messing with the folks that don’t get it.Billy Sol Durock: My motives for starting this page were to point out how ridiculous Fox News was in its continuing war on weed. I find that satire and comedy is the best weapon in the arsenal against stupidity.
How did you get started?BSD: I first got the idea for a send up of a online news service on April 1st as an April Fools’ day gag about living dinosaurs found in South America. When I saw all my friends and family fell for the joke, I thought I would write a few more.OM: We learned our craft from another, similar page. Wanda and I are longtime friends and chronic underachievers. Billy is an online friend of Miss Wanda.WG: We have a conceptual communal hatred for human stupidity.OM: We cultivate hatred as it is our greatest asset.
What type of people are behind the page?OM: Wanda and I are potheads that are tired of the typical stoner mentality. We are thinkers. We have a problem accepting the bullshit that the dumbasses use to defend weed. Made up stuff and bad internet memes. Get some real facts.BSD: Well I was always the class clown type. My problem was not thinking of something funny to say, but stopping myself from saying it.
What has the response been?WG: People hate us . Period. HAW HAW HAW™!!!OM: Fifteen percent get the satire and compliment us on the writing. Eighty percent don’t get it and hate us and threaten us with reporting us to Facebook or even HIGH TIMES. I get anonymous death threats in my inbox. Some are quite charming. There’s another five percent of folks from similar pages that are more or less in cahoots with us, aiding and abetting what we do. I would really like to thank them because they are a huge part of our success.WG: The ones that hate us do so because they are hearing what they don’t want to hear. It’s a huge number really.OM: Way more people than we ever expected. In a two-week period our page blew up, with 4000 likes and 50,000 comments on the deformity post alone. Ten thousand of those comments were in one day! It gets hard to keep up.BSD: We went from 20 likes to nearly 5000 in about 10 days. About half the people didn’t know it was a joke or criticized us for “fooling the sheeple” and hated us.The other half said that we were very funny.
Has Fox contacted you?WG: No, but we did get shut down by Facebook. We sense some ulterior motive. We had v2.0 ready to go. A subtle name change and we were back up in five hours.OM: People that disagree with our satire are always threatening to report us. So much for free speech. Such heathens. Of course we are not in any way affiliated with Fox News but some people assume otherwise. People need to do more than just see words when they read. Comprehension is so overlooked these days.BSD: I haven’t heard from the Fox Comedy Channel. I think BillO is mad because his joke writers didn’t think of this first. I’m waiting for BillO’s next book “Killing Satire.”
We do appreciate the attention we are getting because it encourages us to continue, even in the face of adversity, something that we truly enjoy. The shutdown has slowed us down considerably as Facebook zapped all of our intellectual property. We are continuing the story lines and backing stuff up this time. The link to our page is now: https://www.facebook.com/ potslamminghandjibbersarebad or a query of FOX Online in pages should get you there (case sensitive).