Just in today: Vanity Fair publishes a satirical article documenting Emma Watson’s move to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. The article was full of the usual flourishes – the dabbed ‘10 points for Gryffindor’ subtitle and the long litany of accomplishments Emma Watson has already achieved – many which overshadow the prospect of graduate school in the first place. Vanity Fair’s satire was convincing enough that it didn’t just convince its entire viewer audience into commenting unending praise for the actress but also convinced the Daily Pennsylvanian (the news publication at UPenn often referred to as ‘the DP’) as well.
It’s really incredible how a small, typically inaccurate, often vain publication like Vanity Fair managed to fool the DP, the multimillion-dollar major publication on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Clearly, the students of the University of Pennsylvania should have known that graduated, accomplished writers take any story without a grain of salt just to meet their deadlines. Students at Penn and all over the country shared the Vanity Fair and DP article on their social media pages, eagerly awaiting Emma Watson’s return to yet another Ivy League school.
The news spread like wildfire nationally. Alas, screams and excitement turned into shocking realization – the article was an early April Fool’s day joke. Nationwide, students felt deceived. In response, they organized a boycott against Vanity Fair. Teenage girls all over the country pledged to stop reading the “inaccurate” publication and organized formal boycotts to prevent April Fool’s jokes from occurring in March. One girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, calls this “cheap” and “mean.”
Vanity Fair was clever enough to date-mark the time of their article to be published after the Daily Pennsylvanian article. To mask its satire, Vanity Fair decided to publish its article a whole week before April Fool’s day. With all this pressure from the media, Emma Watson might truly take a break from acting and obtain a graduate degree in English. Truly, what a marvelous day in satire.