Montgomery County parody site article goes for home run, fouls
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. – A Montgomery County parody site – Takoma Torch – raises eyebrows after an article associating Olney’s brand new baseball team with a site that sells pornography failed.
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In his first on-camera interview since his attorney announced a deal, “Takoma Torch” creator Eric Saul told FOX 5 he was just playing around with the words “Olney” (a town in County de Montgomery) and “Only”. His pun on words, however, turned into a battle for First Amendment rights.
Some people were apparently upset by Saul’s article putting pornography and college athletes in the same conversation.
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The site Saul runs is so small that he told FOX 5 that he was surprised to learn that people in Olney, Maryland had actually read it.
“Takoma Torch” laughed at the news and last week wrote a fake article about the crash of the new Olney baseball team’s website. He called the bogus site OlneyFans.com – a pun on “OnlyFans.com,” which is a real subscription-based website where among the content people can sell sex images.
“Onlyfans.com” recently made headlines by announcing that it would ban explicit content – around the time Saul said local news was sharing information about the new college baseball team in Olney, in Maryland. They are expected to start next year and are so new that the team does not yet have an official name.
Not everyone thought satire was funny. The “Takoma Torch” received a “cease and desist” order the next day.
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Saul responded by selling “OlneyFans” t-shirts. He also shared a hard-hitting letter offering to sell his bat and baseball logo (positioned in the shape of male genitals) for $ 5,000.
His lawyer says the two sides have since reached a agreement.
“This was always meant to be a fun item to promote both us and obviously this new upcoming baseball team,” Saul said. “So I hope to keep promoting baseball. I think that’s a really important thing for the community. And like I said we sell t-shirts to raise money. We’ve probably raised $ 750 already. for the team – or for the boys and girls of Olney and uh, yeah, I just hope this ends in a really positive way and we can all be friends at the end. “
FOX 5 could not reach the coach or his lawyer.
Saul told FOX 5 that the original plan was to donate the t-shirt money to the Olney Boys and Girls Club.
He still has no intention of removing the article, which he believes as a satirical writer is very important to him.
Looking on the bright side, Saul said that at least more people know about the new Olney team and are perhaps more inclined to support them because of it.
“There’s no bad will on either side. I hope the team and I can continue to enjoy promoting it. I think it’s great. I love baseball. I am me. – same coach, in the region. I know a lot of young player who could someday be part of this team and so I hope everyone can take it as a very good lesson and experience and make something of it. positive, “he added.