The Onion Drops a C-Bomb on Quvenzhané Wallis, Enrages So Many People

Quvenzhané Wallis on the red carpet at the Oscars.

Steel yourself for the following tweet posted on The Onion’s feed during the Oscars: “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right?” The Onion deleted the tweet an hour after it appeared, but the Internet’s outrage on the behalf of the 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild actress was instantaneous and explosive. The Wire’s Wendell Pierce wrote, “ Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous.” The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead was one of many prepared to reject any explanation involving the publication’s satirical track record: “9-year olds are always so into irony. .” Freelance writer Seve Chambers added, “I like ‪@TheOnion‬, but someone has to lose a job over the Quvenzhané tweet. A line was crossed with that ugly joke.” A couple easily identifiable problems here: Wallis uses Twitter and is totally going to hear about this; deleting heinous posts doesn’t remedy anything — didn’t The Onion see The Social Network?

The Onion Drops a C-Bomb on Quvenzhané Wallis