Humor website The Onion is under fire after putting out a particularly off-putting tweet during last night’s Oscars, which addressed 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhané Wallis as a four-letter word we’re having a hard time typing, so you can just check it out in the tweet below (Warning: Harsh language ahead).
Screenshot via Salon
The tweet was pulled last night, but not before hundreds of people retweeted and replied to the statement. The Onion’s apology was released today, which was penned by Onion CEO Steve Hannah. The statement apologizes to the actress directly and states ”[The Onion has] instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.” Read the full statement below.
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.