Even The Onion realized how out of line it was to call 9-year-old Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis the 'C'-word, no matter how quickly the tweet was removed. In a rare move, The Onion CEO Steve Hannah issued a personal apology for the inappropriate tweet about the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee.
The letter to fans was posted on The Onion's Facebook and Twitter pages, and can be read in its entirety below:
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. »
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