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The Onion is backtracking and releasing a statement after tweeting a derogatory word, slamming 9-year-old Academy Award nominee Quevenzhané Wallis.
As we previously reported, the satirical based news site posted a tweeted and deleted a controversial post during the Oscars which read, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t, right? #Oscars2013.”
USA Today reports that despite backlash, The Onion continued on working releasing additional articles which only further upset readers. Finally, CEO Steve Hannah released a statement of apology on Facebook addressing the issue.
“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,” Hannah writes.”
“No person should be subjected to such a senseless,” the apology continues. “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.”
Concluding, Hannah writes, “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.”
The apology has received over 6,000 likes.