This article originally appeared on The Daily Pitchfork.
The Onion, a newspaper that publishes all the satire that's fit to print, recently ran a hilarious piece about Pepperidge Farm's famous "Milano" cookies. The story, "Pepperidge Factory Farm Under Fire For Inhumane Treatment Of Milanos" shows cookies crammed in cage-like baskets - a clever mockery of all those horrible factory farm images with animals jammed into impossibly tight spaces.
The story laments "the cramped and unsanitary conditions" afflicting the Milanos. It quotes an "outspoken snack advocate" saying, "What's most tragic is that many of these weak and vulnerable Milanos are so poorly handled and mistreated that they suffer extensive crumbling and even fractures in their biscuit shells, exposing their delicate chocolate and orange-flavored fillings to the elements."
Hehehe. Good stuff.
But the conceit skirts an irony that even satire shouldn't ignore. Cookies may not suffer, but the cows producing the milk used in the production of Milanos suffer terribly - and the media rarely notes it.