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Fake news organization, The Onion, apologizes for the degrading Twitter remark toward 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild fame.
USA Today reports that during the Oscars last night, an unnamed reporter for The Onion called the star of the Oscar nominated movie, , the c-word, in a Twitter post. The remark was meant to be funny but it led to a backlash of criticism and shame on The Onion’s part, especially from the twittersphere.
The Onion is known for its offbeat satire but last night’s incident did not showcase that.
In an attempt to backtrack, CEO Steve Hannah posted an apology on Facebook. According to CBS News, the apology came almost 12 hours after the incident hit the social media websites.
The CEO writes that no person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire. The writer did not come out to apologize for his or her statements.
The night was a mixture of good and bad news for the young actress. She will be playing Annie in an upcoming film adaptation but this incident should not tarnish her young career.