*UPDATE: The Onion released the following statement on their official Facebook page:
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.
At what point does “satire” fall into the disrespectful and disgusting category? Just wondering.
On Sunday, satirical news organization The Onion came under fire for a message sent out by their official Twitter account calling 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis the c-word.
“Everyone else seems afraid to say it but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013,” the publication wrote. Approximately one hour later, the tweet was deleted from the account but not before making its rounds on the social networking site and upsetting the masses.
Scribe dream hampton wrote, “This isn’t me mistaking the Onion’s sarcasm and satire for an actual headline. This is a human being w/a job calling a 9 y.o. a cunt.”
The Wire actor Wendell Pierce, a native of New Orleans like Wallis, joined the conversation, stating, “@theOnion Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous.”
Journalist Roland Martin chimed in, “Look, I get comedy. I get satire. But what @TheOnion said about a 9-year-old girl nominated for an Oscar is atrocious.”
As the backlash continues to pour in, all eyes are on The Onion to release an official statement apologizing for its distasteful humor (and what should be the inevitable termination of its anonymous social media handler during the Oscars).
The publication has yet to respond to the matter.