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The Onion Calls Quvenzhane Wallis the Wrong C Word

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We've contended once before that "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis, who made history as the Academy's youngest-ever Best Actress nominee at just nine, deserves the nickname Cutiezhane, but it looks like The Onion opted for a totally different C word during last night's Oscars telecast.

The spoofy humor site went one too far when it tweeted, "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c--t, right?"

Um, wrong. So, so wrong. Had Wallis been one of the adult nominees of the evening, perhaps this could've passed as a joke, but the Twitter world reacted with a furor few have ever experienced, even after The Onion deleted the tweet.

First, there was the anger.

Then, there was some considerably light humor about the sitch.

Heck, a few people even virtually stepped up to defend the site as being inoffensive by nature of its inherent offensiveness.

After all this and a petition demanding it, The Onion's CEO Steve Hannah finally delivered an apology for its tweet today via Facebook, admitting the phrase was "crude and offensive" and "inconsistent with The Onion's commitment to parody and satire." "No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire," Hannah continued, promising the site will overhaul its Twitter posting procedures and discipline the tweeter responsible. Further, Hannah addressed little Q directly, writing, "Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry."

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