The Onion apologizes over an insensitive tweet targeting child actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who was nominated for Best Actress during the Academy Awards.
“The Onion,” the preeminent news satire publication, made a rare apology this week after one of its writers tweeted an insult at Quvenzhané Wallis, a 9-year-old who was nominated for Best Actress during the Academy Awards.
The publication’s CEO, Steve Hannah, wrote an apology to Wallis and its readers.
“Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry,” he wrote.
Wallis was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
“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,” Hannah added. “It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.”
The tweet was posted during the Academy Awards ceremony while the site posted other humorous bits. “Daniel Craig Takes Home Pretty Good Actor Award,” reads one tweet. “Did you know every scene in ‘Argo’ starring Affleck is shaky and out of focus because nobody was there to direct it?” said another.
But Hannah said the insult targeting Wallis crossed the line—even for a publication that relies heavily on edgy humor.
He said, “No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.”
Hannah said the tweet was removed within an hour of it being published and added that the publication will implement stricter Twitter procedures.
“In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible,” he added.
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