The Onion catching heat for calling 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis the c-word

Quvenzhane Wallis Oscars 2013

The satirical home of the internet is the wildly popular and often hilarious site The Onion. They’ve made an art form out of lampooning pop culture realities with fake news while sometimes pushing the lines of decency. While I’m personally a huge fan, even I have to admit they went too far when they sent out a tweet calling Beast of the Southern Wild’s breakout 9-year-old star Quvenzhané Wallis the c-word during last night’s Academy Awards broadcast.

Wallis was the youngest actress to ever be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for her unforgettable turn as Hush Puppy from the Bath Tub. During last night’s event she was charming and showed a genuine youthful zeal and sense of awe while she sat among all the megastars of Hollywood. During the event The Onion ripped out the following attempt at sardonic humor at Wallis’ expense via their official Twitter feed:

The Onion's tweet about Quvenzhane Wallis

The Onion’s wit, charm and sometimes gut-busting effectiveness is often rooted in their fierce harshness but I believe their actions in regards to the above misstep proves that this went beyond humor to a realm of tastelessness. The action I speak of is that the site removed the tweet. The Onion apparently decided on its own, after-the-fact, that the tweet was indeed a poor choice. While I get what they were going for here – bottom-line, when it comes to kids, leave them out of it.

BuzzFeed reached out to the editors for The Onion and have yet to receive a reply.

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  • awoman

    Take the joke. It’s ridiculous on purpose.

    • ou

      How about your daughtes gets called a c..nt and see if you take the joke.

      • awoman

        I do have a son. Yes. They didn’t call her a c*nt, as this was a satirical piece. Did Jonathan Swift really want people to feed their babies to the rich? No. It was satire.
        I wouldn’t share it with the child until they could understand satire.
        But yes, I could take the joke.

        • ou

          You are a loser .whats wrong with you? You are a jerk

          • awoman

            I understand irony. Some people don’t.

    • Jenny

      Do you have children? So it would be ok for a random person to call them the c word?

      • awoman

        I do have a son. Yes. I still think it would be funny. I would not tell him that someone did it because he wouldn’t understand the joke. I would tell him once he was old enough to understand satire.

        • Me

          I’m an adult and don’t understand the joke. Please explain it to me.

          • awoman

            I could talk about the juxtaposition of opposing ideas or different definitions of irony, but I doubt it would help. If you don’t get it upon reading it, an explanation isn’t going to help you.

    • Karen

      Take the joke? What is that supposed to mean? Is that supposed to be funny or the “joke” b/c neither are. You’re right the joke(if thats what you want to call it) is ridiculous. There are also alot of equally ridiculous people who saw humor in calling a young girl a c*nt for no apparent reason. I’m guessing you being one of them.

      • awoman

        It’s called irony.

  • savannah

    Its one of the most disrespectful words you can call a female, really? Calling a nine year old that filthy word? What is wrong with people?!?

  • Jo

    Calling a child that would is disgusting and uncalled for! What an ignorant idiot

  • Me

    As a woman, that word is offensive. To call a child that is absolutely disgusting!

  • Michelle

    totally inappropriate

  • Abrianna1234

    @makincomments:disqus What the hell is wrong with you? You think it’s funny to call a child a c–t? You’re a disgusting human being.

    • awoman

      They didn’t call her a c*nt. They wrote satire. If they had actually called her one, I would be just as enraged as anyone else who doesn’t get that this is a literary piece and ironic. It’s the Onion, not CNN. This isn’t a real thing being presented as a real thing; it’s a joke. It’s made to be ridiculous. It’s made to be over the top. It’s made to be outrageous. It is not meant to be serious.

      • Dragonfly10192002

        Thank you! I love when people pretend they don’t understand what is going on. That anyone thought they were actually calling the girl any name whatsoever is absurd.

  • Babson_Chick

    Just not funny but in poor taste.

  • PaigeMyrissa

    There are some “jokes” that just aren’t funny or appropriate regardless of their intention or the meaning behind it, and this of one of them.