Rice Krispy Thanksgiving (Or, Death to Humor)

Put a fork in it, it’s done. No, I’m not talking about the “turkey” pictured below. I’m talking about humor. I’m seriously beginning to think that the concept of comedy—at least in some people—has officially become extinct. I understand that telling a joke on the internet has different parameters than when you’re face to face with someone. You can’t rely on cadence, inflection, and nuance in general. You essentially have to point and say “this is the joke, people” because sarcasm is difficult to type out effectively. That all being said, some things posted are so blatantly for comedy that it astounds me how they can be taken seriously. Either people can no longer determine what is a joke (if it’s not delivered by the hilarious Conan O’ Brien, say) or they’re so over-sensitized that they shouldn’t be allowed online anyways.

Where did this bitter conclusion, that humor is dead, come from you ask? Take a look at the “turkey” again. I stumbled across this over on Facebook. A radio station posted it. Here’s the caption: “If you’re looking for a Gluten Free, Vegetarian Turkey for next week, try this Rice Krispy Treat turkey stuffed with M&M’s. Everybody’s happy.”

Funny, right? I had a good chuckle. And I figured other people would as well because it’s pretty witty. So I start perusing the comments and, good lord, the villagers came out with their pitchforks over this silly, silly turkey recipe! There were roughly 1,000 comments and an overwhelming amount of them were blasting the radio station for their audacious nutrition suggestion. The commenters were going off about how the turkey can’t possibly be gluten-free because Rice Krispies have barley malt as an ingredient. They condemned the post because marshmallows have gelatin and that’s not vegetarian. Then there were those who thought it was insensitive to suggest such a recipe because it will spread diabetes across the nation like wildfire.

First and foremost, let’s address the fact that: 1) There ARE gluten-free Rice Krispies. Go to the grocery store and check. They’re there. How do I know? My friend buys them for her gluten-free son. 2) Gelatin-free marshmallows DO exist. How do I know? I buy them! Plus, you can use Marshmallow Fluff as a substitute. It doesn’t contain gelatin either.

But the x’s and o’s of the recipe aren’t my chief concern. What’s really got me shaking my damn head is how so many people seem to have missed the obvious humor of it all. Neglecting facts is one thing. Not “getting” a joke is another. But the real kicker is how flippin’ obnoxious the commenters were in their remonstrations!

Have we really gotten to the point where we have to put disclaimers before any puny article we post? A big banner at the start that says, “Warning: The following piece contains a JOKE! Please do not read any further if you do not want to participate in humor.”

Me? I got the joke. But that’s not stopping me from taking the recipe at least a little seriously. Don’t worry, I’m not mad at the station. I’m just over here trying to figure out how the hell I can form those legs as perfectly as they did because I just figured out what I’m serving for Thanksgiving.

turkey rice krispies

39 thoughts on “Rice Krispy Thanksgiving (Or, Death to Humor)

  1. Gah – even though I’m mostly vegan I really hate those types of discussions over fun stuff that isn’t mean to be taken seriously. Sorry to say I think that many comments were from vegans because vegetarians can eat gelatin but vegans will abstain…….

  2. How anyone can complain about the “health” effects blows my mind, as we are the most obese, worst-eating country on the planet! I’m guessing the traditional meal with butter, stuffing, gravy, pies, baked mac-n-cheese, etc. would kill you quicker. People with no sense of humor should only be allowed to speak quietly among themselves 😉

  3. lol, i feel u! i truly feel like being politically correct has gone to the extreme and folks don’t know how to have a sense of humor and can’t just be “real” anymore! have a happy turkey day! 🙂

    • Happy to help! Here is the site where you can find lots of recipes including the original Rice Krispy Treats. How in the world you can form the rice krispy treat turkey to look like a turkey, I have no idea! I’m still trying to figure it out myself! A lot of creative genius I suppose. A jar of marshmallow fluff can substitute for the marshmallows in the recipe if you’re so inclined. There are vegan versions of the rice krispy treat recipe out there as well — if you google it, you’ll find some (if you’re a vegan). http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes

  4. Mmmm! This would be a big hit at my house! But then again, none of us are big fans of turkey. 🙂 It really is a shame that far too many of us seem unable to perceive simple humor. Sometimes, though, I get the greatest laugh from reading their uptight responses!

    • Thanks! And I couldn’t agree with you more…looking at things with a sense of humor (okay, well, most things) is usually the way to go. I don’t know why people have to nitpick what is obviously meant to be just for fun. Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  5. OMG, I GET IT, and LOVE IT! I would love to have the instructions for the Rice Crispy Treat Turkey, (and how to stuff it with M&Ms), if you have them 🙂 Thank you SO much for sharing it!

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  7. Many people don’t even read the entire sentence or text. They notice two words and go ahead with their complaints or frustration, so on. It’s awful, and Facebook is a terrible place where to post anything because 50% or even more will not understand what was meant by the story or joke. I personally like your posts because many of them have this writing style which makes me laugh and which I find funny. Some people have learned to type, but unfortunately, they cannot read.

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