The Onion apologizes for offensive Oscar-night tweet about 9-year-old nominee

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"No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire," Onion CEO Steve Hannah writes about a tweet from the publication that used an exceedingly vulgar word to refer to 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis.

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.

The joke, such as it was, backfired on the publication immediately, Alexander Abad-Santos writes. "This was one of the times where [Michelle] Malkin and Keith Olbermann, saw eye to eye," Abad-Santos noted.

"In less than 140 characters, The Onion betrayed and violated 25 years of satirical good will," Ed Champion writes.

Related: Was there a joke there that The Onion missed? Choire Sicha tries to find one

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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