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(This morning The Onion issued an apology. You can read it by clicking here.)
The Onion, a satirical newspaper/website that’s made its name on pushing the envelope, may have gone too far. Last night, someone tweeted from their official Twitter account, this about nine-year-old actress Quvenzhane Wallis (WARNING: OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE):
“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013“
Okay I get that The Onion is, as I said, a satirical newspaper but really?!
I find that word, the “C” word, to be one of the most offensive out there. I don’t know why but it just makes me want to hurl when I hear it. It.is.the.worst.
And to use it to describe the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress (Beasts of The Southern Wild)? And why? What is it exactly that made her a “C” word? The way she was posing cutely on the red carpet with her statement puppy-dog purse? The way she smiled when the camera was on her? The way she sat in her seat for hours on end at an adult event and behaved beautifully? I mean what exactly did she do that would warrant being called that?
And that’s the problem.
I’m not naive; I spent a lot of time in front of the camera in television news. I still do as host of Sweet Retreats. Some of the stuff people say is downright cruel and mean-spirited. I actually had to chuckle a little when someone on a friend’s Facebook timeline took offense to some of the things people were saying about these stars. I refrained from reminding her that this is the price of admission for being famous and all that money can buy good therapy.
Those are adults. They have a lifetime of experience and have learned to take the good with the bad. They have had time to develop the coping skills necessary to weather insults from keyboard terrorists. A nine-year-old child does not.
And now, this little girl, who had a great evening despite not winning, has been ushered into the world of all things grown-up. That includes being reminded that some people never grow up.
So, take the poll. Did The Onion go too far with that tweet? Should whoever wrote it be fired? Let me hear you..
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