Known for their risque satire, popular website ‘The Onion’ pushed the envelope too far Oscar Night by calling 9-year-old Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, a “c*nt” on Twitter.
Nominated for her break-out role in “Beast of the Southern Wild,’ the future A-Lister, recently tapped to revive the role of ‘Annie,’ continues to woo hearts all over Tinsel Town. Apparently forgetting what satire means, When ‘The Onion’ attacked Wallis on Twitter, there was nothing humorous or vaguely intelligent about it.
Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013—
The Onion (@TheOnion) February 25, 2013
Twitter instantly exploded:
Look, I get comedy. I get satire. But what @TheOnion said about a 9-year-old girl nominated for an Oscar is atrocious.—
(@rolandsmartin) February 25, 2013
The Onion actually generates revenue to pay salaries. Here’s their contact theonion.com/contact should you feel inclined…—
dream hampton (@dreamhampton) February 25, 2013
Would the @TheOnion say the same thing if the individual celebrity in question was Caucasian? This is a legitimate question.—
Abiyomi Kofi (@TheAngryindian) February 25, 2013
Quvenzhane Wallis is a nine year old woman of colour. Let’s let what @TheOnion did sink in and remember that Dakota Fanning never had this.—
Elizabeth Hawksworth (@torontonannie) February 25, 2013
A racist/sexist/misogynistic joke about a child isn’t “OK” or “acceptable” just because @TheOnion is known for satire and off-color jokes.—
April (@ReignOfApril) February 25, 2013
Step 1: Unfollow @TheOnion. Step 2: Email their editors. Step 3: Bum rush their FB page. Step 4: Stop reading. Maybe then they’ll listen.—
Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) February 25, 2013
@TheOnion Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous.—
Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) February 25, 2013
The tweet has been deleted, but outraged Twitter users have taken screenshots of their feed at the time of the comment.
Of course, we all know what the Onion was going for, but they failed miserably and this is not going away.
Our Black girls deserve to cherished, respected and protected just as much as their White counterparts. Before it’s all said and done, ‘The Onion’ will understand this is not a game.
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