The Onion sparked outrage on the Twitterverse last night after referring to young starlet Quvenzhané Wallis as a C-word. At 8:42 p.m. the satire news website tweeted, "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t, right? #Oscars2013"
The Onion has since deleted the tweet. Appalled, netizens launched the new hashtag #unfollowtheOnion. Some celebrities demanded an apology as well as the name of the writer. "@TheOnion Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous," tweeted Wendell Pierce, star of The Wire and Treme.
"Half-heard story of the @TheOnion tweet; assume I heard wrong. No; they did wrong. Retract, apologize, dismiss," wrote Keith Olberman, former MSNBC host and now chief news officer of Current TV network.
Wallis, 9, was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Carrying a stuffed puppy purse to the award show, it was just announced that Wallis will star in a screen remake of the musical Annie, replacing Will Smith's 12-year-old daughter Willow.
The infamous tweet wasn't the only thing critics said was inappropriate surrounding the young actress's special night. Oscars host Seth McFarlane used the 9-year-old girl as fodder to poke fun at George Clooney, saying, "To give you an idea how young she is, it'll be 16 years before she's too old for Clooney.”