Satire website The Onion came under serious fire the other day when, sometime during the Oscars 2013 awards gala, a tweet on the official page insulted 9-year-old Oscar nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis. The CEO has issued a formal apology for that.
As I informed you the other day, The Onion tried to joke about the Oscarcast and called Quvenzhané the C-word.
Steve Hannah, CEO for The Onion, apologizes in a statement to Gossip Cop, saying the offensive tweet was online only for an hour, but promising that something like this will never happen again.
“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,” Hannah says.
“Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry,” the CEO adds, promising that the company’s policy on tweeting will be stricter.