So you may have heard that America’s Finest News Source, The Onion, sent out a tweet last night calling child star Quvenzhané Wallis the c-word. The tweet was deleted after much uproar about the fact that Wallis is only 9 years old, and this morning, Onion CEO Steve Hannah wrote a public apology to Wallis and the Academy for the gaffe. It reads:
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.
You can view the post on The Onion’s Facebook page. I don’t think everything “edgy” is worthy of an apology, but some jokes just aren’t worth making. Kudos to The Onion for doing the right thing.