Quvenzhané Wallis may not have gone home with an Oscar last night, but her name is in the headlines this morning.
The nine-year-old new kid on the block and Willow Smith replacement for the Annie remake was the butt of an incredibly bad joke.
In what seemed like a non sequitur, The Onion’s Twitter command person called Wallis a four-letter word, and Twitter (rightly) went bananas:
Twitter exploded in rage after the tweet at 11:42 pm Sunday. “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a (four-letter word that begins with C), right?” it read.
There was no apparent reason that prompted the tweet.
Almost immediately, furious tweets began to fly. Almost immediately, the tweet was taken down, but it didn’t matter. By 1 a.m. Monday, dozens of tweets per second were being posted, virtually all of them expressing contempt, incredulity or outrage.
Tweeters demanded the Onion apologize, which, so far, it has not. USA TODAY sought a comment from an Onion rep but got no response. A Twitter rep didn’t reply, either.
Nor has any Onion spokesperson publicly explained who tweeted it and why.
Read more at USA Today.
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