Quvenzhane Wallis arrives on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Awards at the Hollywood and Highlands Center in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on February 24, 2013. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
The Onion apologizes for offensive Quvenzhane Wallis tweet
Satirical news organization The Onion issued a rare apology after a member of the staff tweeted an offensive remark about 9-year-old actress Quvenzhane Wallis.
Feb. 25, 2013
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.