Friday, February 5, 2010

We Knew it Would Happen: Success has Gone to Onion Ring's Head

A couple of day's ago someone started a new Facebook group: Can This Onion Ring Get More Fans Than Harper?

Harper's fan total is just under 30,000 but Mr. Onion Ring now has a whopping 66,267 fans.

And of course, the worst has happened. The whole thing has gone to his head, and he too is now wanting to be crowned.

I suppose next it will be all about photo-ops and big cardboard cheques. Sigh.

Can This Onion Ring Get More Fans Than Harper? Yep!
By Steve Burgess
February 4, 2010

With Olympic rings floating in the harbour and plastered on signage all over town, you'd expect many Vancouver residents would be about ready to ring off -- until this week. Suddenly another ring has emerged to capture the hearts of people across the country. It's the hottest page on Facebook: Can This Onion Ring Get More Fans Than Stephen Harper?

The answer: Yes it can. And quicker than you can say "Pass me that breath mint."

... Whether this really reveals more about the Canadian political situation or simply the rhythms of social networking is open to debate. More than one new onion ring fan has posted the following question: "Who is Stephen Harper?"


  1. The fans who don't know who Stephen Harper is are very very very few and far between. The great majority of the posters not only know who he is but have very strong opinions about him. It's a satirical and symbolic way of showing how fed up with Harper a great many Canadians are, and a great way of engaging younger voters, as well as welcome comic relief in the midst of the ProroGate Scandal. Here are some of my favourite Onion one-liners from the group's wall:

    “The kind of oil Onion rings are in bed with does not come from tar sands.”

    “The onion ring wanted to batter up but Harper took his ball and went home.”

    [to the tune of the Beatles song Harper performed]“I get fried with a little help from my friends.”

    “Onions have many layers, Stephen Harper only has a sweater vest.”

    “Onion rings are greasy, but Stephen Harper is slimy.”

    “Harper makes me cry more than onions do.”

    “Onion Ring: Would you like fries with that?
    Harper: Would you like LIES with that?”

    Onion ring to rule them,
    Onion ring to find them,
    Onion ring to bring them,
    And in the darkness bind them.

    “Onion rings won’t prevent me from smoking weed. In fact they go hand-in-hand…Not the same hand though, that would just get the joint all greasy.”

    “The Onion Ring needs to be fried.
    Stephen Harper needs to be fired.”

  2. Those are great. I never thought of it that way but it is an excellent opportunity to reach young voters.

    Maybe they could have a photo-op, photo-shop contest for the onion ring. He could be seen in famous places or with celebrities.