The Onion’s CEO Steve Hannah has issued an apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the C-word heard ‘round the Twittosphere. Last night, @TheOnion tweeted, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right?” which was met with immediate and widespread disapproval, even from those among us who usually revel in The Onion’s irreverence. A little after 11:30 this morning, The Onion posted this apology on its Facebook page.
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.
So … case closed?