I struggled with whether to report this or not, but the fact is we can’t allow our women and children to be denigrated and disrespected and remain silent about it. Last night, the satirical website The Onion tweeted this about 9 year-old Oscars Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis:
Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013
The tweet was initially posted close to 9 PM EST and deleted an hour later. As of press time, The Onion hasn’t responded or acknowledged the message and subsequent outcry.
Calling a child the “C-Word,” the dirtiest gendered obscenity, is abhorrent and totally unacceptable — even hiding under the guise of humor. As such, the post sparked outrage among many who voiced their grievances by contacting the publication directly and tweeting the editor at @WilliamTracy.
dream hampton wrote:
This isn’t me mistaking the Onion’s sarcasm and satire for an actual headline. This is a human being w/a job calling a 9 y.o. a cunt.
Roland Martin said:
Look, I get comedy. I get satire. But what @TheOnion said about a 9-year-old girl nominated for an Oscar is atrocious.
A select few defended the tweet, calling it satire and citing Freedom of Speech. But since the C-Word carries with it traces of sexualization, objectification and vile disrespect, many feel that even in satire, referring to a nine year-old using that term crosses the line.
There’s also the argument that celebrities like Dakota Fanning or Abigail Breslin would never be referenced that way, while Willow Smith is often the target of taunting and disrespect despite her young age.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “Elizabeth Hawksworth tweeted: “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.”