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The Onion calls 9-year-old actress a WHAT???

  • Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for best actress award
  • Satire site 'The Onion' tweeted vulgar joke about the young star
Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis arrives on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Twitter went ballistic last night during the Oscars when satire site The Onion tweeted a "joke" about 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis that used some pretty shocking language:

“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a ****, right? #Oscars2013

The tweet has since been deleted from The Onion's feed, but not before it was retweeted hundreds of times.

Now many calling for "The Onion" to apologize, and others are urging their followers to #UnFollowTheOnion.




HLN's own Richelle Carey took to Twitter to sound off, as well:

The questionable humor around Quvenzhané Wallis wasn't limited to the Twitterverse, however. Seth MacFarlane raised a few eyebrows when he joked, "To give you an idea of how young [Wallis] is, it'll be 16 years before she's too young for Clooney."

Not everyone is furious. There has been a smattering of support for The Onion's particular brand of humor:


The Onion joke is a joke ABOUT Oscar bitchiness, not about Quvenzhané Wallis. Nobody actually thinks a 9 year old is a ****. That's the joke

-- Matt Marks (@mattmarks) February 25, 2013

There is no response yet from the Wallis family. 

The young star was up for best actress for her role as Hushpuppy in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and is the youngest Oscar nominee in the history of the Academy. That award ultimately went to Jennifer Lawrence.

Up next for Wallis: She'll play the role of Annie in a film being produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z. Watch for it in theaters next year.

    UPDATE -- The Onion has now apologized:

       Dear Readers,

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.


Steve Hannah
The Onion   

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