Even The Onion realized how out of line it was to call 9-year-old Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis the ‘C’-word, no matter how quickly the tweet was removed. In a rare move, The Onion CEO Steve Hannah issued a personal apology for the inappropriate tweet about the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee.
On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhan� 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.
The controversy came after The Onion Twitter account posted a tweet saying, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhan� Wallis is kind of a c***, right?” The actual tweeted version was, of course, not censored, and was met with almost instant backlash from the online community. The post was deleted, and hopefully Wallis never has to learn how cruel that The Onion tweeter was for the sake of “comedy.”