The “C” word for a nine-year-old?!
The Onion, a source for online and printed satire that routinely critiques celebrities, apologized Monday for a what it called a crude and offensive tweet directed at the above Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.
While host Seth MacFarlane seemed every bit the misogynist with his jokes throughout the evening, The Onion kept the sexism alive by using the most offensive word in American English to describe a female.
The Internet was abuzz Sunday night after the website tweeted the following:
Yo people of The Onion: NO ONE is allowed to throw out the C bomb for any child. Not even if it’s your own child and she’s truly pushing your limits. Nope, not even then.
The bottom line: This is not satire, this is sexism.
If that was my daughter they were discussing, I might’ve lost my mind. After throwing up in my mouth, I would’ve gone outright postal and gotten anyone/everyone responsible fired.
And as it turns out, I’m not the only one who reacted strongly to the tweet. Below is the letter of apology from the website’s CEO.
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.
While the apology seems sincere, I’m still in crazy mama-bear-outrage mode.
It maddens me to hear such sexist language throughout the evening. From MacFarlane’s misogynist jokes on Hollywood’s biggest event, to calling a 9-year-old girl a c*nt on social media, one wonders how low and classless media has become.
With offensive lyrics in our music, to cruel tweets about a nine-year-old girl, I can’t help but shake my head like an old lady and ask: What is wrong with the world?!
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