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Onion CEO Apologies to Quvenzhané Wallis for C**t Tweet

Jacqueline Jackson |
February 25, 2013 | 3:05 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Quvenzhané Wallis in Entertainment Weekly | Elixhr.com Creative Commons
Quvenzhané Wallis in Entertainment Weekly | Elixhr.com Creative Commons
Sunday's record breaking Oscar night was met with unexpected criticism when the online publication The Onion tweeted that 9-year-old Oscar nominee  Quvenzhané Wallis was a C**t.

The tweet which stated, "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c--t, right? #Oscars2013” was immediately deleted but not before The Onion's 4.6 million followers could react, retweet and spread the message across social media.

The post immediately sparked controversy between Onion readers, followers as well as feminist and activist who saw the post as far more than just a tweet. The Hollywood Reporter stated, Elizabeth Hawksworth tweeted: "Quvenzhane Wallis is a nine year old woman of colour. Let's let what @TheOnion did sink in and remember that Dakota Fanning never had this."

The Onion's CEO Steve Hannah issued an apology Monday morning which helped to ease some of the tension and also answer any questions about changes to the Onion's posting responsibilities for social media.

Check out the apology and Storify below

To read more about The Onion's recent apology visit the LA Times here.

Reach Executive Producer Jacqueline Jackson here.



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