It has been more than 10 hours since The Onion referred to 9-year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis as a “cunt” (see above). The tweet has been deleted, but The Onion has not apologized (at least not publicly). And that has many Twitter users upset.
This morning, The Onion published only one tweet, and it had nothing to do with Wallis:
Apparently the Onion editors are trying to move on without apologizing first. Good luck with that.
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.