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The Onion had no need to apologise for calling Quvenzhane Wallis a c*nt

by | 26th, February 2013

THE Onion called 9-year-old Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis a c*nt. The Onion tweeted:

Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c*nt, right? #Oscars2013

Actor Wendell Pierce  responded:

“Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous.”

John Jones wrote:

“Comedians usually stick to their guns, right or wrong. Pretty telling that the Onion pulled their tweet about young Quvenzhane Wallis…”

Elizabeth Hawksworth bizarrely said it was about race:

“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.”

You can project your own agenda onto the offensive. And it is offensive. It is also painfully unfunny.

After the Twitter frenzy , The Onion  duly apologises:

Dear Readers,

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.


Steve Hannah
The Onion

But someone must have laughed at it. It’s shock comedy, or an attempt at it. The Onion’s problem is that it broadcasts to everyone, not just people who buy into sick jokes. It misread the audience.

The other problem is that satire now is rarely controversial.

When it works, satire can damage politicians’ reputations and undermine prejudice and conservative ideas. However, when nobody believes in politicians, state institutions or old-fashioned morality, who are satirists hurting and what effect are they having?

In such conditions simply continuing to poke fun at those in power is not telling anybody anything new, it is just reinforcing cynicism. And judging by what’s on offer, it’s not even funny any more. This is the major problem for satire right now.

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