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The Onion Apologizes For Calling 9-Year-Old Quvenzhane Wallis the C-Word

The usually hilarious publication The Onion caused a major social media uproar last night when one of its writers tweeted, “Everyone seems afraid to say it but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a c**t, right?”

Wow. Clearly, the author should know that calling any child that is all kinds of wrong. Yes, we get that it was a joke. Obviously the 9-year-old Oscar nominee is not a C-U-Next-Tuesday. But it just isn’t funny. At all.

Was the idea to ruin the little girl’s big night? We can’t even imagine how her family must have felt upon learning about the joke. Fortunately, even The Onion, which is typically completely unapologetic about anything that it publishes, removed the tweet eventually, but not before the damage was done. Steve Hannah, The Onion’s CEO, took to their Facebook page to issue an apology:

Dear Readers,

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. 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.

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

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.


Steve Hannah, CEO, The Onion

Quvenzhane Wallis has yet to respond to the controversy.

Everyone knows there’s an unwritten rule that nominees of any televised award show are fair game when it comes to a little bit of ribbing, whether it comes in the form of a joke by the show’s host or comments on the Internet. However, when it comes to the kids, they should be off-limits!

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02.26.2013 / 02:04 AM EDT by Jo Aaron
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