By Caitlin Beck
The Onion deserves to be chopped for its tweet about 9-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star and Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis on Sunday. And the Internets agree.
The tweet from the satirical publication read, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c—t, right? #Oscars2013.” Although the post was deleted an hour after being posted, the twitterverse was already outraged and lashing out at the site.
Via Vulture, The Wire’s, Wendell Piece tweeted, “@TheOnion Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous, ” later adding, “It doesn’t matter what the intent was, it was offensive and they should apologize to Quvenzhane.” The Onion later issued an official apology for their mistake, writing, “It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.”
Wallis was the youngest ever to be nominated for Best Actress, and was up against Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Emmanuelle Riva for the Oscar, which ultimately went to Lawrence for her role in “Silver linings Playbook.” Still, she has plenty to celebrate. The young actress has confirmed that she will be playing the lead role of “Annie” in the Jay-Z and Will Smith remake of the classic that is set to hit theaters in 2014.