The Onion CEO Steve Hannah released a formal apology on Facebook today in reference to an inappropriate tweet made about 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis during The Oscars.
After tweeting the satirical publication tweeted “everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane´ Wallis is kind of a c*nt, right? #Oscars2013” celebrities and fans were outraged. Actress, Jackée Harry tweeted, “referring to precious 9yr old Quvenshané Wallis as the ‘c-word’ is both unfortunate and unacceptable. Shame on @TheOnion! #UnfollowTheUnion RT” Commentator and journalist Eric Lamont Hill also tweeted to express his feelings, “On the biggest night of her life, a 9 year old child is going to have to explain how she feels about being humiliated by The Onion.”
Actress Anika Noni Rose linked her followers to a petition demanding an apology from The Onion. To date it has received almost 1,000 signatures. A portion of the petition letter states, “We condemn this vile tweet from The Onion, demanding an apology to Ms. Wallis, her family, and to the women and girls throughout society who are harmed by these dehumanizing words. We demand action to guarantee that such reprehensible actions are never seen again.”
According to CinemaBlend.com, the tweet from The Onion account was deleted after about an hour. The publication later released a letter from Steve on Facebook, stating, “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.”
It seems that Quvenzhané isn’t letting the hurtful, ill-advised comment get to her. Last night, Quvenzhané was bubbly and charming as she made an appearance on “Chelsea Lately” as a gift for host Chelsea Handler’s birthday. The two talked about Quvenzhané’s upcoming role in the film remake of Annie as well as her not being too fond of not wearing pants in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Quvenzhané said, “I wasn’t a fan of that. I asked if I could wear my own underwear.” Handler did not bring up The Onion incident with her, but she did tell Quvenzhané, “I’ve been trying to get your little nugget a** on this show and you’ve been booked solid.” Quvebzhané replied playfully and simply with, “I’m sorry,” along with a few giggles.