Star Tribune's "Can terrorism be funny?"

Star Tribune's "Can terrorism be funny?"

Casual passersby this week might have been startled by the cover of Vita.Mn, the weekly entertainment freebie from the Star Tribune.

The cover on newsstands across the Twin Cities today features a grenade and asks the provocative question: "Can terrorism be funny?"

In the wake of Jared Lee Loughner's shooting rampage in Arizona, the answer to that question is feeling like a profound, "No."

Keep in mind, this issue of Vita.Mn was published last Thursday, long before Loughner's sick crime was enacted.

It's just an unfortunate coincidence that the events of the day have given the cover a disturbing new resonance--sort of like how 9/11 made plots involving the World Trade Center suddenly and utterly irrelevant.

As an editor that stills puts out a weekly print edition, I can sympathize with how the frenetic events of the day can play havoc with the best laid plans.

Still, even before the weekend, the phrase "Can terrorism be funny?" was probably not the brightest of ideas.

Did anybody run this one by Nancy Barnes?

Luckily, a new issue hits the streets Thursday, and we're betting it won't feature a grenade or any jokes about terrorism.

What do you think about this unfortunate coincidence? Let us know in the comments.

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