OSCAR NOMINATED: Quvenzhané Wallis
AFTER BEING heavily criticised for calling nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis a ‘c**t’ during the Oscars on February 24, website The Onion has issued a fully apology.
Quvenzhané, nine, appeared at the Oscars after becoming the youngest Best Actress nominee in the history of the Academy Awards for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
During the ceremony the satire site tweeted on social media website Twitter: “Everybody else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t right?''
The comment, which was deleted an hour after being published, brought furore from users on Twitter.
Actor’s such as The Wire’s Wendell Pierce were highly critical of the website and demanded that they apologised.
The Onion’s chief executive Steve Hannah said on Facebook: “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.”
The message continued: “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.”
Quvenzhané has been cast in the lead role for the remake of Annie, which is being produced by Hollywood couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.