‘The Onion’ Draws Criticism for a Tweet About Quvenzhané Wallis

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During last night’s Oscars ceremony, The Onion fired off a controversial tweet about one of the nominees before quickly deleting it an hour later. The original tweet read:

Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013

UPDATE: The Onion issued an apology this morning via Facebook, which you can read in full below:

Dear Readers,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.Sincerely,Steve HannahCEOThe Onion