StarWipe is "Watching The Stars, So You Don't Have To."
StarWipe covers all the celebrity gossip you missed because you were too busy or ashamed. Coming Sept. 21st pic.twitter.com/mMt9KACN29— StarWipe (@StarWipe) September 17, 2015
We're pretty darn excited for StarWipe, a new site from The Onion media empire launching on Monday (9/21) that will be devoted to mocking celebrity gossip outlets like TMZ and E!, sites like Perez Hilton, and the tabloid rags. StarWipe will bring an Onion sensibility to the world of celebrity news, media and culture, but unlike The Onion and their blog-parody ClickHole, the new StarWipe will also report on real tabloid news as it happens. This makes sense, given that its editor-in-chief, Sean O'Neal, is a long-time senior editor at The Onion's sister publication, The A.V. Club, the thinking hipster's entertainment outlet. They've already started leaking content on Twitter and Facebook, so you can preview what's to come:
The site will both feed your need for up-to-the-minute celebrity news, adding a smart comic spin to real events, as well as offering parodies of stock features of tabloid media. Unlike The Onion, which can say literally anything because it's all fiction, StarWipe seems to be having fun living in the twilight zone between parody and outright libel with features like "Facts You Can't Prove Aren't True About—" and "Tips For Talking To—" various celebrities.
Hailing itself as "the most trusted source in the untrustworthy world of celebrity gossip," StarWipe joins ClickHole and Vice parody EdgeTV as the newest jewels in the crown of The Onion's comedy empire. We're certainly not going to stop consuming celebrity minutiae and following pointless feuds any time soon, but now at least we'll feel better about it. Here are more of StarWipe's preview jokes from their Twitter and Facebook, which you can follow now before the full site goes live on Monday:
Think you know Neil Patrick Harris? Maybe you don't. pic.twitter.com/xl0IGbzNzw— StarWipe (@StarWipe) September 16, 2015
Will StarWipe make celebrity news more important? Probably not, but we're glad a publication is finally going to treat the subject with the respect it truly deserves.