‘Joke’ brings wrath of the Internet

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Award nominees and winners gather on the red carpet, to celebrate another successful year. It’s a night of famous faces and expensive ceremony.

But are you familiar with the name Quvenzhane Wallis?

Wallis, 9, played the lead role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

If you didn’t know her name, don’t feel bad because when the starlet hit the Oscars red carpet she was pretty much called everything except her name.

We’ve heard a lot of things about the young actress. She likes chicken and waffles. She loved her doggy shoulder bag. She’s an incredible actress.

And, apparently, she deserves to be called a four-letter word that starts with a “c” and ends with a “t.”

During the Oscars, parody news site The Onion known sent out a tweet that was immediately met with tons of backlash after they called Wallis the word, considered a derogative term for “female genitalia.”

The Onion tweeted: “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a [c*#t], right?”

Wallis hadn’t done anything to earn the abuse.

The entire Twitterverse swooped in to the rescue.

Technology writer Xeni Jardin tweeted. “Calling a 9 year old black girl a [c*#t] violates the most basic principles of what it means to be human. [F**k you].”

Actor Wendell Pierce said: “Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous.”

Viewers are shocked by the fact that anyone would bother to call a young child that name, and quickly following the backlash Steve Hannah, CEO of

The Onion released an apology finding the tweet “crude and offensive – not to mention inconsistent with the Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting… all of us at the Onion are deeply sorry.”