UPDATE: 2:10 pm EST — The Onion has apologized. The full statement is below:
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.
By the end of the 85th Annual Academy Awards last night, The Onion — not host Seth MacFarlane — was at the center of yet another comedy vs. free speech controversy. Almost immediately after this post from The Onion‘s official Twitter feed — “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right?” — backlash erupted. Celebrities and civilians defended nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who was nominated for a best lead actress Oscar for her work in Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Onion’s tweet was quickly deleted, though its feed has remained active this morning.
“Calling a nine year old girl a Cunt IS NOT SATIRE!” tweeted actor LeVar Burton to his nearly 1.8 million followers. Meanwhile journalist Joel Stein defended the tweet, explaining to his nearly one million followers, “We got that @TheOnion was making fun of our celeb-obsessed, celeb-jealous, celeb-dissing culture and not Quvenzhané Wallis, right?”
Just a few hours ago the No Oxygen Coalition, who just last month claimed victory in getting cable network Oxygen from not moving forward with a show called All My Babies’ Mamas, launched at petition demanding The Onion publicly apologize for its tweet in addition to demanding “an immediate firing of the editor and a review of your staffing decisions which made you feel comfortable to call a 9 year old child a CUNT.”
Our question to you, dear Laughspinners, is what do you think?
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