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BREAKING: As A Youth, Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Severely Molested By Foster Father

The Onion, a satirical newspaper we’ve loved since their 2001 headline “Gay-Pride Parade Sets Mainstream Acceptance Of Gays Back 50 Years,” has a hilarious new story about General Mills rebranding the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee’s backstory to be more “real.”

Apparently BuzzBee grew up in a foster home with an abusive Christian father in Indiana after being separated from his drug-addict parents.

The Onion lays out the fake ad strategy at length:

Calling the psychologically intense new narrative a “fresh and interesting twist on a beloved character,” General Mills said it would unveil a series of TV, web, and print ads relating, often in graphic detail, the Honey Nut Cheerios mascot’s separation from his drug-addicted parents at a young age, as well as his near-constant emotional and physical suffering at the hands of a controlling, fundamentalist Christian foster father.

“Our customers have always loved [Honey Nut Cheerios mascot] BuzzBee, and we figured such an iconic character deserved a rich backstory that people would enjoy following along with,” said General Mills representative Gina Ripp, adding that the animated bee’s cheerful appearance would remain the same, but would mask “deep inner turmoil stemming from the crucial early years of his personal development.” “He still loves Honey Nut Cheerios, with its 12 essential vitamins and minerals, but now his love is complicated, perhaps fed, by the feelings of self-hatred he acquired as a ritually abused foster child in suburban Indiana.”

We think they should flavor the new “campaign” with a dash of gay—perhaps the BuzzBee faced even more intense bullying at home and at school when he came out as a bee who likes other male bees.

Although, in a biological sense, real bees have pretty weird sexual habits of their own. They all worship the Queen, though!

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           May 14, 2012
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  • 6 Comments
    • yaph
      yaph

      Making light of child abuse is always a fun time. Especially considering to voice of the mascot, Billy West, was a real victim of child abuse.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clockwork
      Clockwork

      @yaph:

      I’m with you. Who finds humor in child abuse and neglect in any home?

      May 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @yaph: I find it kind of touching, and I was a victim of sexual, physical and emotional abuse from age 0 to age 18. I’m sure I’m not the only victim of abuse that finds it a tad bit touching. I would not go so far as to say it was funny, but not everything The Onion does is an attempt to be funny.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blah
      blah

      okay so it’s fake!? i am so confused.

      May 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Olive Austin
      Olive Austin

      Yeah, yeah, difficult larval stage… BEEn there, drone that, got the B-shirt.

      May 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott
      Scott

      WTF? This has nothing to do with being LGBT or LGBT people.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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