“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c—, right? #Oscars2013,” the tweet said.
The administrators took down the tweet less than one hour after its posting. Unfortunately, it had already been reteweeted more than 500 times and favorited more than 400 times.
This is apparently the first time that The Onion has ever issued an apology or retraction for one of their stories or social media postings.
The apology from CEO Steve Hannah states:
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.
Wallis, who starred in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ lost out in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category to ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ actress Jennifer Lawrence.