Three strikes and you’re out? The Babylon Bee has joined Protestia in demonetized-and-‘restricted viewership’-land after they had lost an appeal for a satirical article they posted on October 14, resulting in their post being deleted by Facebook with the claim that it “incited violence.”
The post in question is titled “Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch” and spoofs a gag from1975’s Monty Python and the holy grail, where the townsfolk peasants draw a convoluted and dazzling line between wood, ducks and floating witches. See here for the full scene, and see the first three paragraphs of the article in question, which is clearly satire.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—After two days of Amy Coney Barrett gracefully and stoically answering questions with perfect recall and no notes, suspicions grew on Capitol Hill that she might be a practitioner of the dark arts.
“Oh, she’s a witch alright, just look at her!” said Senator Hirono. “Just look at the way she’s dressed and how she’s so much prettier and smarter than us! She’s in league with Beelzebub himself, I just know it! We must burn her!”
Senator Hirono then pulled a live duck out of a massive burlap sack next to her and announced: “In addition to being a Senator, I am also quite wise in the ways of science. Everyone knows witches burn because they are made of wood. I think I read that somewhere. Wood floats, and so do ducks– so logically, if Amy Coney Barrett weighs as much as this duck I found in the reflection pool outside, she is a witch and must be burned.”
Seth Dillon, CEO of the Bee, said in a statement:
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