The Onion was forced to issue a public apology after they called the Quvenzhane Wallis a c**t on Twitter, while red carpet hosts were bashed for calling the starlet “Little Q” because they couldn’t pronounce her name.
Quvenzhane Wallis may be new to Hollywood, but she is loved by many which means everyone who even slightly offended the adorable pint sized actress got some serious backlash.
The biggest controversy was when The Onion took their button pushing jokes too far and called the young star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” the c-word on Twitter for no apparent reason.
“Everybody else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a c*** right,” @TheOnion tweeted.
Needless to say, nobody agreed. The Twitterverse went on the attack in her defense even after the post was removed about an hour later.
“Did you really just say that about a 9-year-old girl,” one user tweeted after reading the vulgar tweet.
Others were so outraged that they actually wished violence on whoever sent the tweet.
“I hope whomever at @TheOnion sent that tweet gets exactly what they deserve. From both the law and the street,” another Twitter user responded.
Some users admitted to being fans of The Onion, but claimed that attacked a 9-year-old is taking things way too far.
“Oh boo the Onion,” another tweet read. “I generally find them hilarious but I draw the line at calling 9 year olds ugly names, even in jest.”
The string of angry Twitter users continued on and on and there was obviously nobody on The Onion’s side.
Even actor Wendell Pierce expressed his opinion about the tweet, calling it an “abhorrent verbal attack of a child.”
After removing the tweet the Chief Executive of The Onion, Steve Hannah, took to Facebook to apologize for what had happened.
“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,” Steve Hannah wrote. “It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.”
She went on to say that the joke was “senseless” and “humorless” and nobody deserves to be the target of such jokes.
At the end of the post she concluded by writing, “All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.”
When it comes to Quvenzhane, you better show her the utmost respect or the world is coming after you – and that includes learning how to say her name.
When Wallis hit the red carpet and approached Kelly Osbourne, the host for the Fashion Police’s coverage of the red carpet, the host didn’t know how to say her name and called her “Little Q” instead.
While she thought she was just giving the little girl a nickname, she was actually offending viewers all across the nation.
“Everyone on TV: practice Quvezhane Wallis’ name,” one tweet read. “It is rude, unprofessional & borderline racist to not even try to say her name correctly.”
Another tweet read, “Not learning her name is racist. Calling her Annie is racist. Saying she says her name the best is racist.”
While we do admit it’s extremely unprofessional not to even try to pronounce her name, we don’t particularly find it to be racist – just stupid.
“Aren’t you paid to be a host? Do your research and practice her name,” another viewer tweeted. “Stupid Kelly Osbourne.”
It was no secret that the young star would be hitting the carpet so all the red carpet hosts had plenty of time to learn her name and get it right and it was simply idiotic of them to think “Little Q” was going to pass.