Entertainment satire publication The Onion has been under fire after their failed humor attempt during Sunday night’s LIVE airing of the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Shortly before the winner for Best Actress was announced, the paper’s Twitter account tweeted a disturbing “joke” about the 9-year-old history making nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis:
Everyone seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a c*nt right?
Unfortunately the vulgar tweet was favorited by 400+ of their followers, before it was deleted less than an hour later. Since then the company’s CEO, Steve Hannah has issued a public apology on their official Facebook Page. You can read the apology after the jump.
Feb. 25, 2013
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.