The Onion thrives off of satire and political humor. But they took things a bit too far when a writer from the organization called Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis a c— in a tweet during the Oscars. The company faced heavy backlash on social media and the tweet was deleted an hour later.
The Onion‘s CEO, Steve Hannah, attempted to right the wrong by apologizing on Facebook. “It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting. No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire,” he wrote.
The apology has yet to undue the damage. Outraged Twitter users have come up with the hashtag, #UnfollowTheOnion.
Here is what they posted about the incident.