The Onion‘s Twitter feed called 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis the “c” word during The Oscars last night.
“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c*nt, right? #Oscars2013,” the tweet read.
That’s a bit over the top, even for The Onion.
Wallis, who made history at this year’s Oscars as the youngest ever nominee for best actress, is to star as Annie in a screen remake of the hit Broadway musical and Academy Award-nominated 1982 film.
Even The Onion deleted the tweet shortly after posting it, plenty of users managed to get screen shots of the offending message.
Some users even pledged to stop subscribing to The Onion’s Twitter feed.
“@TheOnion Unfollowing you. Your tweet about a 9-yr-old child was stunningly inappropriate. That’s not satire or a joke. That’s sick.”
The CEO of The Onion has apologized to Wallis and the Academy for the tweet.
- “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.”
A rare moment of seriousness for the publication.
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