ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Becomes Outraged over Satirical 'The Onion' Article

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 17, 2012

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Photo Credit: HBCU DigestRobert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith was genuinely outraged over an obviously fake story. 

BuzzFeed reports on one half of the shoutfest known as First Take getting all sorts of angry at a recent report that had Smith giving his son the birds-and-the-bees discussion. 

Let's begin with the sports personality and his tweets that you can almost hear in the key of shouting. 

Here is the first tweet from Smith.

I thought I'd heard enough despicable lies about myself. Now there's some article out that I have a 9-yr-old son and I'm going to have a

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 17, 2012


Conversation with him about Sex. Mind you, I neither have a son nor a 9-Year-old. Some ppl are beyond despicable. No end! Sad what extent

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 17, 2012

Now he delves into a woe-is-me type of tirade.

People will go to. Amazing how folks try to tear cats down, primarily due to perceived power of the spoken word. Damn Shame, but too bad.

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 17, 2012

And this.

Because I don't intend on going anywhere. Really, Really sad, though!

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 17, 2012

I know what you're thinking: Oh my, what kind of horrible story demanded this kind of one-man riot on Twitter?

Well, the story is from the famed satire website The Onion, and the headline for this particular one is "Stephen A. Smith Thinking Son is Finally Ready for the Sex Argument."

It's an obvious fictional work meant to poke fun at how Smith is so enamored with arguing and shouting that a sensitive subject like the "sex talk" would be breached with an abrasive argument. 

The funny thing is Smith reacts to what he thought was a real news piece...by actually trying to create an argument. The man needs a vacation. 

Picking fights with Skip Bayless for a living has broken him down, it seems. 

Here is an excerpt from The Onion

“It’s a big milestone in every father-son relationship to sit your child down and dispute his pathetic ideas about the birds and bees,” said Smith, fondly remembering his own father belligerently talking over him when he got the sex argument as a boy. 

As for Smith, someone finally clued him in.

Haaaaa. The got me. I didn't know it was on Satire! Got it. Peeps got jokes. It's cool!

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 17, 2012

Of course, now everyone, from BuzzFeed to Twitter users, want to know what "on Satire" means. The story was about a father and son talking about life, or about the incessant need to argue. 

One thing it was not about was satire. 

Oh, well. We have wasted enough brain cells covering a story that is really about Stephen A. Smith not knowing what The Onion is. 


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