Just before 9 p.m. Sunday night, satirical news outlet The Onion tweeted -- and later deleted -- a bizarrely inappropriate post about the youngest Best Actress nominee in history. "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c--t, right? #Oscars2013," read the post. Among the celebs who caught it and demanded an apology was "Treme" star Wendell Pierce, who lashed back immediately. "@TheOnion Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous," he wrote.
On Monday, The Onion used Facebook to apologize. "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," wrote The Onion CEO Steve Hannah.
"No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire," he continued. "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." (E)