By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Quvenzhané Wallis was supposed to have a big night considering that she’s the youngest actress to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Wallis was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, and although she didn’t win the award, her amazing moment was overshadowed by one tweet from satirical news publication, The Onion. Last night, whoever was running the publication’s Twitter account at the moment made their feelings about the young actress known. After someone on the staff of The Onion called Wallis a derogatory four letter word for women (cu*t), the social networks began to explode.
Here’s the tweet that caused all the controversy:
It’s pretty understandable that a lot of people were outraged by the tweet, so the publication issued an apology on its official Facebook page regarding the matter:
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.
Interestingly enough, John Legend’s fiancée Christine Teigen also made a lot of people furious because of some comments she also made about Quvenzhané Wallis. She called the young actress cocky and refused to apologize (read from the bottom up):
In related news, despite all the controversy, Quvenzhané Wallis is still on pace to continue to do big things. It has been confirmed that the young actress will play Annie in Will Smith and Jay-Z’s remake.
Congrats to Quvenzhané Wallis.