Tom Hanks is mad as hell that the satirical newspaper The Onion does not have a Pulitzer Prize. Or he at least appears to be, in a video that has been circulating online.
"As an artist with a taste for excellence, I find it odd, truly odd that The Onion has yet to be honored by whoever it is that awards the Pulitzer Prize," Hanks, 55, said in a YouTube video posted by the group Americans for Fairness in Awarding Journalism Prizes (AFAJP) on Monday, June 20.
"In fact, I am angry," the Oscar-winning actor added. "I feel an intense physical malice towards the mysterious cabal of power brokers and so-called taste makers who gather annually in what must be some all-night drunken bacchanalia slash pinata-party, the result is which is the awarding of the prized Pulitzer. The Pulitzer Prize committee in fact should be ashamed of making me feel this way."
The Onion boasts fake stories with headlines such as "Tornado Victims Thank News Organization For Its In-Depth Reporting On Storm's Carnage" and factboxes titled "What Are We Lying To Our Children About?" The news outlet is particularly popular among young adults.
"I know of no mysterious cabal," Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, said in response to Hanks' video, according to the Washington Post, which has itself won several Pulitzer Prizes, including one given after it reported on the "Watergate scandal," which helped spur the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1974.
To be eligible for a Pulitzer Prize, a written piece must have been published in a text-based United States newspaper or news site that publishes at least weekly and adhere "to the highest journalistic principles," which include honesty, accuracy and fairness. Submissions are due in February and The Onion did not nominated any material this year, although it has in the past, the Washington Post said.
The AFAJP's Tumblr site says the nonprofit group is "committed to exposing those who engage in improper journalism award giving" and aims to "mobilize its entire apparatus to ensure that the Pulitzer Board stop its blatant discrimination against The Onion and honor its landmark achievement with the prize it so richly deserves."
Check out Tom Hanks' video below.