The Onion Apologizes for Calling Quvenzhané Wallis the "C" Word
Though she may be only 9 years old, that fact did not shield Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis from a cruel attack by the satirical web site, The Onion.
On Sunday, the site's Twitter account shared the tweet, "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a c--t, right?"
The backlash from followers was swift and the comment was deleted about an hour afterwards. Twelve hours later, a rare apology was issued by Onion CEO Steve Hannah.
In the statement, Hannah said of the tweet, "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."
After assuring angry members of the public that, "we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible," he added a personal message to the Best Actress nominee. He concluded, "Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry."