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Humorist magazine ‘The Onion’ has apologized for a tweet calling 9 year old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis “kind of a c–t” on Sunday night. The offending tweet was deleted after an hour, but the criticism online gained steam, with some activist calling on ‘The Onion’ to apologize. In response, on Monday morning, ‘The Onion’ CEO Steve Hannah apologized for the “crude and offensive” comment.
The initial tweet read: “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c–t, right? #Oscars2013″
Hannah posted the following apology on ‘The Onion’ website:
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.
Wallis received an Oscar nod for her role in Beasts of Southern Wild.