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'The Onion' Called Quvenzhané Wallis the 'C' Word


The Onion pushes the envelope, but did it go too far this time?

Buzzfeed writes: Wallis

After being up for an hour, the backlash gathered, and the tweet was deleted. Was it meant to be some sort of joke reflecting on how people talk about someone like Anne Hathaway? I tweeted at The Onion for comment, and emailed its editor, but have not gotten a response.

During the show, MacFarlane sexualized her as well: "To give you an idea of just how young she is, it will be 16 years until she's too old for Clooney."

In other, more upbeat news, she's going to take over for Willow Smith in the Annie remake:

"With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star," said Hannah Minghella of Columbia Pictures. "She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can't wait for audiences to further discover her."

UPDATE: The Onion apologizes.

Feb. 25, 2013

Dear Readers,

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.


Steve Hannah
The Onion

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  1. Derrick

    The role of Jesus in JCS has been played by a black actor for some time now. It was considered brave in its day. Now it's just as tired as the rest of that show.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 25, 2013 1:33:07 PM

  2. That's actually kind of irrelevant to my point; regardless of whether the posts in question are coming from you or from somebody trying to spoof you, *somebody* clearly got dropped on their head.

    Posted by: Craig S | Feb 25, 2013 1:34:39 PM

  3. There is nothing satirical about calling a 9 year old girl a "c...".


    Posted by: Lolly | Feb 25, 2013 1:37:35 PM

  4. @MichaelJ: Yes, better example!

    @Belthazar's comment is well taken. An even better example would be if in 2000, when "the Sixth Sense" was up for 6 Oscars, the Onion had remarked: "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Haley Joel Osment [then 11-years old] sure is a prissy little faggot, right?"

    Posted by: Belthazar | Feb 25, 2013 1:47:49 PM

  5. I saw a couple of interviews with that kid. I kind of agree with the tweet, which for me means it is not satire. I thought the kid was rude. Actually what I thought was, "That kid is kind of an a**h***." Perhaps the writer was using hyperbole, but it should not have been stated, regardless.

    Posted by: kedskicks | Feb 25, 2013 1:48:37 PM

  6. Pathetic. They should have doubled down on the joke. American society is full of degenerate scum and garbage, the Onion is one of the few media outlets that actually reveals truth.

    Posted by: rod | Feb 25, 2013 2:35:27 PM

  7. On one hand, The Onion is know for biting and sometimes offensive satire.

    On the other hand, they're calling a 9 year old girl a c**t.

    I feel that this is one of those times when The Onion went just a bit too far. At least they were willing to admit that they did, yanked the tweet, and apologized to the girl.

    It might have been funny if Quvenzhane was in on the joke or was old enough to understand that it was satire, but this was not the case.

    Posted by: Firestorm | Feb 25, 2013 4:37:09 PM

  8. McFarlane expressly did NOT sexualize her. The whole joke (at Clooney's expense) is that's she would not be an appropriate sex parner.

    Please obtain humor.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 25, 2013 5:27:42 PM

  9. I understood it a humorous comment on the

    Posted by: fanboi | Feb 25, 2013 5:44:43 PM

  10. This is pathetic. The Onion never has been and never will be funny. Anyone who thought this "joke" was funny needs help.

    Posted by: Pathetic | Feb 25, 2013 6:22:39 PM

  11. Is this simply because she is underage that people are having a hissy fit?

    Posted by: DD | Feb 25, 2013 6:26:50 PM

  12. The Onion is allowed to be offensive, we are allowed to rebuke them, and they may choose to apologize. A win-win-win for free speech.

    Posted by: Yeek | Feb 25, 2013 10:54:50 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | Feb 25, 2013 11:14:19 PM

  14. It's people like most of those commenting that it's okay to treat anyone as the 9 year old was treated that are the cause of the lack of civilization and courtesy going on in the world today. Sexual jokes about people are NOT funny just bullying is not funny, as a matter of fact sexual jokes are a form of bullying. Since most people have been dumbed down and raised without one iota of home training they laugh at inappropriate things we need to get back to basics like Emily Post.

    Posted by: Candle Westmoreland | Feb 26, 2013 11:37:34 AM

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