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The Onion Apologizes For Vulgar Tweet Towards Quvenzhane’ Wallis

 Quvenzhané Wallis
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Infamous satirical news site The Onion is up to it’s usual tricks.  The arrival and passing of the 2013 Oscars gave the jokesters plenty of ammunition to fire at celebrities.  One shot in particular gave them more than they bargained for.  After calling  9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis the “c-word” in a tweet, The Onion wrote something seldom seen by Onion followers.  An apology.

I have written a few articles about The Onion making inappropriate claims, typically aimed at Taylor Swift.  Apparently, at least one writer at The Onion, set their sights on Quvenzhané Wallis.  This tweet has since been deleted from their account.  We have censored it for explicit language.

The Onion's Deleted Tweet

Not sure what Quvenzhané Wallis could have possibly done to this writer, who has not been named, to deserve such an attack.  Needless to say, the vulgar tweet did not sit well with Twitter followers and was taken down within an hour.  An online petition was even put in place to demand an apology from The Onion for the comment.  Around 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, The Onion posted the following to its Facebook page:

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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