9-Year-Old Oscar Nominee Called C-Word By The Onion (UPDATE)
UPDATE: Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion, issued a statement apologizing to the young star. You can read it in full here at The Hollywood Reporter but he writes, in part, "It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting. No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire. [...] In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible. Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry."
It's basically an edgy comedy site's job to get a reaction — positive or negative — but there is a line, and many believe The Onion crossed it last night with an offensive tweet about Quvenzhane Wallis, the 9-year-old Best Actress Oscar nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild.
As The Onion wrote in a now deleted tweet (via GossipCop), "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c-nt, right? #Oscars2013"
The tweet was eventually removed, but there has apparently been no apology from the site, which continued to tweet about the Oscars. The reaction to @TheOnion has been harsh — but some readers think people are overreacting, since The Onion writes offensive things all the time.
Do you think The Onion crossed the line with this tweet, or were they just doing what they always do?