The Onion, which is a “satirical” new source, didn’t seem to understand last night just how far is to far. After Jennifer Lawrence won her award for Best Actress, they decided to post on twitter that Quvenzhané Wallis was a the “c” word. If you’re wondering what word I am referring to, it rhymes with bunt. Now this is way worse than Kanye’s little outbreak years ago at the MTV Awards towards Taylor Swift. I smell a lawsuit……. If not by the parent of Quvenzhané then by some second or third-party who caught offense on twitter. Let me break a few things down since this is freedom of speech and because I can.
1. The verbal attack on a 9-year-old who more than likely has to ask her mom what that word means is awful. Shame on you for having no common sense or maybe just no morals.
2. Whoever handles your social media must have thought they were in competition with Seth and his awkward racial and sexist kind of humor.
3. The weak attempt of a public apology is just as acceptable as George Zimmerman claim of self-defense. (Did I go too far? NO!)
4. Stop smelling yourself and lay down some new policies.
The Onion’s Apology
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.
Everyone at Onion is deeply sorry? Sorry didn’t do it.