Less than twenty-four hours after The Onion tweeted a foul joke aimed toward nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, one which labeled her a c**t, the satirical news source has officially issued an apology.
Like we mentioned earlier, the company has many writers on staff, and the tweet was clearly the result of one bad apple onion (badum pshh).
We note that because Chief Executive Steve Hannah was clearly unaware of the nasty joke, issuing an apology that states:
"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."
Someone must have been playing some Oscar drinking games when they let that one go live!
Qu knows she's no 'C U NEXT TUESDAY,' but it's always good to get an apology. And we're happy to see a serious one come from such a comedic source.
We all like a lil' scandal in our awards season, but this was ridic!