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Keeping with their regular tone, The Onion released a satirical piece following the backlash the site received after calling Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis “the c-word” on Twitter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the site released an article titled “New Study Finds ‘The Onion’ Has Never Been More Popular, More Beloved, Or More Respected,” which referenced the popularity the site received after the tweet went viral.
“At press time, the editorial staff of the Onion had confirmed that they could not remember having a better week at work, nor could they remember ever having felt so happy in general with their lives, nor more content with the state of the world as a whole and their place in that world,” the piece reads, as quoted by THR.
The satirical site stirred controversy during the Oscars when one of its writers tweeted-and-deleted, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t, right? #Oscars2013.”
Hours later, the site offered a sincere apology, with CEO Steve Hannah releasing a statement 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,” he wrote at the time.
The Onion's recent article reports that they have more than 311 million happy readers.