So for those of you not aware, the Academy Awards were last night, and one of the Best Actress nominees was 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, star of the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. Satirical news publication The Onion was livetweeting the awards, and along came this tweet:
Originally Posted by The Onion
Everybody else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013
The tweet immediately began to receive strong backlash and protest, to the point where it was deleted from the Onion's Twitter account. As of now, no public apology has been given.
Now I know this is a music site, but this is an interesting issue to look at. How do you personally feel about it? Do you believe the Onion was in the wrong and should apologize? Or is everyone offended by the tweet just being a little too sensitive? Let's hear it.
EDIT: They apologized earlier today.
|Feb. 25, 2013|
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.