The Onion apologizes to Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis for tweet


Quvenzhane (Credit: Quvenzhane Wallis (Getty Images))

The Onion issued an apology Monday after everyone from Russell Simmons to Chelsea Clinton castigated the satirical publication on social media for the "vile," "offensive," and "vulgar" tweet it posted during the Oscars about 9-year-old nominee Quvenzhane Wallis.

Following an outpouring of "ick" at the tasteless tweet, Onion CEO Steve Hannah apologized on the publication's Facebook page, noting that the comment was removed an hour after it was posted. "I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhane Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," said Hannah, adding, "We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again."

Wallis, who starred in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," is the youngest ever to be nominated for Best Actress. She lost the Oscar Sunday night to Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook").

News broke the same day she had been confirmed to play the lead in a re-imagined film version of "Annie," to be produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Z and others. That film should open during the holidays next year, according to press reports.

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