Ugh… this was not irony! This was just poor taste!
Satirical news outlet The Onion usually garners laughs from their followers, but Sunday night they tweeted an epic fail.
In the Oscar spirit, they mini-blurbed a joke about nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star, Quvenzhané Wallis, saying:
"Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t, right? #Oscars2013"
Immediately offensive, the tweet was later deleted but the damage was done.
You just don't label a child a 'C U NEXT TUESDAY!' You just don't!!
Now the company is compiled of a NUMBER of writers, so the joke obviously wasn't something that represents every staffer's taste.
Wire star Wendell Pierce tweets:
"Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous. It doesn't matter what the intent was, it was offensive and they should apologize to Quvenzhane."
Meanwhile, Keith Olbermann wrote:
"Half-heard story of @TheOnion tweet; assumed I heard wrong. No; they DID wrong. Retract, apologize, dismiss."
And Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead said:
"9-year olds are always so into irony. #AndAlwaysAppreciateIt #Edgy #Fail"
We doubt Qu's confidence took a toll from the joke, but still — we can't go around letting people think they can get away with bullying children.
Hopefully they release a statement about it soon. Ironic or not!
But in happier news, CLICK HERE to see our favorite moments from the ceremony in GIFs!!!
[Image via Adrianna M Barraza/WENN.]