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‘The Onion’ Calls 9-Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis The ‘C-Word’ On Twitter

The Onion calls Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word

The Onion is known for its satirical — and often controversial — articles and comments, but one tweet may have gone too far, even for the snarky news organization.

During the Oscars Sunday evening, The Onion tweeted, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t, right? #Oscars2013″

Twitter exploded, for the most part, at the audacity of The Onion for calling a 9-year-old what many consider to be the worst word you can say to a female. However, some condoned the tweet, arguing that “this is what they do.” The tweet received over 500 retweets and favorites.

“We all understand satire, being snarky and funny, but @TheOnion should apologize immediately for saying such a thing about a 9-year-old girl,” journalist and author Roland Martin tweeted.

Patrice Yursik, creator of, tweeted, “I say this as a fan of @TheOnion who has bought the books & reads the site all the time. That wasn’t funny. At all. Apologize while you can.”

Other Twitter users commented that the website crossed a line and that whoever posted the tweet should be fired.

“Dear @TheOnion Please fire the person/people who thought it was cool to call Quvenzhané Wallis such a despicable, disrespectful word. Now,”Liz Dwyer of wrote.

“I hope whomever at @TheOnion sent that tweet gets exactly what they deserve. From both the law and the street,” user Dustin Ross tweeted.

The Onion eventually deleted the tweet, but not before outraged users grabbed a screenshot of the offensive post. At the time of this writing, the website had yet to address the tweet.

The Onion calls Quvenzhane Wallis a c*nt

Do you think The Onion went too far with its comment about Quvenzhané Wallis?

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12 Responses to “‘The Onion’ Calls 9-Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis The ‘C-Word’ On Twitter”

  1. AJ Calhoun

    There is often a fine line between satire and commentary. If a publication can't master and toe that line, it's over. Done. This is beyond outrageous and in no way approaches the concept of satire. It is abusive, disrespectful and mean-spirited. There was no fine line here. This was a headlong leap into sadism. Apologizing may not help, but it is still the only right thing to do.

  2. Tony Nazar

    Not satire. Shock jock toilet humor that passes for funny among the twenty-year old cogniscenti. The author of that tweet needs to be fired over and over again and then to have their smart phone ground under the heel of a very large cousin named Guido.

    This was directed at a little girl. It would have been unacceptable had it been directed at any female of any age – but a little girl? After he/she has been terminated and (gasp) lost his or her smart phone forever, someone needs to perform a mouthwash with old fashioned yellow soap.

  3. AJ Calhoun

    There actually has been some, David, though not as strong as I would have expected. The Onion issued an apology. As far as I'm concerned that's barely a starting point.

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