A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Outhouse, accusing the beloved website of taking its unique brand of humor too far. In a legal filing submitted to federal courts this morning, the plaintiffs of the lawsuits have claimed that the Outhouse articles have caused "mild discomfort, confusion and a plethora of hurt feelings ranging from mild peevishness to full blown outrage."
The plaintiffs are seeking over $1,000,000 in damages from the site, noting that the substantial increase in site traffic caused by the Outhouse's switch to a snarky, satirical website in the summer of 2012 should easily cover lawyer fees and damages.
The plaintiffs include the following:
Dan Didio, who claims that his grandchildren believe him to be an evil sorcerer after stumbling onto an Outhouse article.
Scott Snyder, whose wife discovered he was not an underwear model after the Outhouse mocked his un-Adonis like figure.
Marvel Comics, who had to change the Japanese title of The Wolverine to The Childloving, Very Deeply Flawed Badger Man after the Outhouse repeatedly claimed that the character was a child-stabbing Mary Sue character.
Rich Johnston, who had to discard his Dan Didio's secretary costume after the Outhouse repeated mentioned how he obtained his numerous scoops.
Tyler Perry, who had irreparable damage done to his career after the Outhouse joked that he would write comic books.
CBR and Newsarama, both of whom lost lucrative ad deals with Marvel and DC after the comic publishers became confused as to whether they actually owned the media sites or not.
The class action lawsuit also claims that the Outhouse has not done a good enough job of denoting which articles are satire on their site, forcing readers to employ basic reading comprehension in order to figure out what stories were based on fact and which were made up. The final straw was a satirical article explaining the disappearance of Marvel character Nova, which caused several staffers to quit upon reading that their parent company Disney was being headed by the actual reanimated head of Walt Disney in a glass jar.
We reached out to Outhouse owner Robert Morris, but he had already fled the country with his wife and child and had left a note saying that ThanosCopter, a fictional helicopter, was in charge of the site's legal defense.
While the Outhouse plans to defend itself, it feels that, in order to cover its own ass, all satire and snark articles will have to slowly be cycled out. The Outhouse plans to discontinue its snarky news on June 31, 2013, which will probably delight the two or three forum members who continually complain about the site's new direction nine months after it was implemented.