It'd be funnier if it wasn't kind of understandable that they really believed this about rural whites.
We already know that idiots believe idiotic news all the time; Fox News has dominated ratings for over a decade. But there are few moments more delicious than when idiots fall for The Onion, which we're supposed to know is fake, rather than your run-of-the-mill disinformation campaign. The most mouth-watering moments of all, of course, are when The Onion fools unfriendly state news agencies. China famously reprinted the story about Congress threatening to leave Washington unless a Capitol with a retractable dome was built, but duping Ahmadinejad has got to be the best yet. But wait! There's more! Check out the error message that appears now on the Iranian news agency's website!
Actually, Fars, never exist this story. Always fake this story.
That was polite of Iran to use their own pictures instead of stealing The Onion's.