The Onion has since apologized . The tweet was pulled shortly after it went live, and this message was left on their Facebook page: (via Salon )
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.
Sincerely, Steve Hannah CEO The OnionAn apology was absolutely warranted in this case, but I can't understand why someone thought it was a good idea in the first place, even in the name of satire, to call a young actress the most vulgar slur one could call a woman. In my opinion, kids should be off limits, period.