Friday Funny: Gated Community Doubles Down

The Onion skewers suburbia.

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April 12, 2024, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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A satirical piece in The Onion pokes fun at exclusive gated communities with the headline “Residents Establish More Exclusive Gated Community Within First.”

The Onion “quotes” the fictional community’s HOA president as saying “It’s hard to feel safe when you look out your window and see a Mercedes A-Class driving through your cul-de-sac. That’s why we’ve hired a second private security force and built a second, much nicer golf course.”

The piece takes the security panic to its logical conclusion: “HOA board members later acknowledged their ultimate plan was to establish a series of successively smaller and smaller gated communities within each other until eventually a security barrier had been established around each individual inhabitant.”

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