9-Year-Old Quvenzhane Wallis Didn't Deserve Most Offensive Comment of the Oscars

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Quvenzhane WallisQuvenzhane Wallis was quite a precocious fireball at the Oscars last night. You can really see the same spirit in real life that she displayed in her nominated role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. That doesn't make her a c**t though. Humor site The Onion caused outrage last night when it tweeted:

Everyone seems afraid to say it but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a c**t, right?

Yes, yes, I get it. It's dark, edgy humor. Blah blah. But this is a 9-year-old girl we're talking about.

Twitter went so nuts about the offensive tweet that The Onion, which normally doesn't care who it offends, actually removed it. The Onion has produced some of my most favorite satire over the years -- and much of it isn't for the feint of heart. One of my favorite pieces is an old one called "Ugly Girl Killed," which makes fun of the public's and media's obsession with cute murdered girls like JonBenet Ramsey. (This was written before Caylee Anthony.) You could take offense at the joke -- or look in the mirror.

For edgy humor to work, there has to be some small element of truth to it. Ideally, it should say what many of us are thinking but are afraid to say.

But I don't think anyone was thinking Quvenzhane was a "c**t." So maybe THAT was the jist of the joke. Who would ever think that word about a sweet little girl carrying her puppy purse? The setup to the punchline: "Everyone seems to be afraid to say it ... " indicates this was probably what the writer was going for -- saying the opposite of what "everyone" is thinking. (If this was said about a sickly sweet star like, say, Shirley Temple, it would be just as shocking, but somewhat funnier.)

But the joke was uncalled for. This is a 9-year-old girl who is enjoying her big moment. Her mother and sister were with her. The joke wasn't funny enough, nor did it make enough of a statement, to warrant its offensiveness.

And apparently The Onion must have agreed, for it took it down. Hey, some jokes fall flat. Ask Seth MacFarlane.

What do you think of this joke?


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Vegeta Vegeta

I don't swear, but I hate that the stir constantly stars out or refers to bad words as other things when printing direct quotations. If your going to report something, report what it actually said not 'c**t' or 'n-word' (like in the douche who hit the baby on the plane article) it's just bad reporting. Your not supposed to alter direct quotes.

Blues... Blueshark77

It was sarcasm. If it offends you don't read it. 

amber... amberdotsmom

BlueShark - Sarcasm is a form of wit intended to ridicule, insult or show contempt of dishonor.  Please explain why you feel it's acceptable to call a 9 year old child a cunt in the context of "sarcasm" and where exactly is the wit in the Onions tweet?

hotrd... hotrdumommy

Maybe the joke went over my head but it is messed up to call a kid the c word regardless of being funny or not.

craft... craftycatVT

There IS such a thing as going too far. I can only imagine what a big deal this was for such a young girl. She looks like such a little lady!

nonmember avatar mrsnicegirl

BlueShark: EXCUSE ME???? what if that was YOUR OWN 9 year old daughter that got called that?? oh, I guess you wouldn't care, it's sarcasm, after all. She is a small, innocent CHILD!!!!! I don't think I would even call a grown woman that! I call that very bad taste and uncalled-for vulgarity and dumbassery, not sarcasm.

nonmember avatar MammaMel

She looked so freaking adorable!!! Her mother must have been so proud!!! And LOVELOVELOVED that puppy purse!

Belle Plummer

A child star is still a child. For the children who watch and love Shirley Temple, as my daughter did, that Shirley is still a child. When smirking comments are made around those children and they ape those comments, another precous part is taken away from their innocense, their childhood, or perhaps the place that they can retreat to from some horror that they have to face. The real Shirley Temple calls herself "the little girl" and credits the screen image as opening many doors in her later life. In real life,she was a rough and tumble tomboy who played with her older brothers and sent the many dolss that her admirerers gave her on charity tours. ST's parents saved and invested her money, unlike so many child stars' parents who stole their own childrens' money! I hate to see these child stars robbed of their own childhood, placed in adult situations,basicly pimped out and then left when they are no longer marketable.

handy... handy0318

There was no sarcasm there.  I get sarcasm... I hear sarcasm quite a bit (I'm the mother of teenagers after all).  This was nothing more than mean-spiritedness at the expense of a little girl. The Onion should be completely shamed and hopefully the one responsible for tweeting such a thing is without employment this morning. At least they are officially apologizing.

Todd Vrancic

Even if the child was behaving like an absolute brat (by all reports she wasn't, but I didn't watch the Oscars), this comment was totally inappropriate.  She did nothing to deserve such a comment.

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