The satirical website used the term on its Twitter page to describe the 9-year-old, shortlisted for the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar for her role in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild.’
“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t, right?” the publication tweeted after the young actress appeared (looking rather cute, I thought) in a dark blue dress and with a puppy purse slung about her shoulder. The message was later deleted.
The Tweet caused outrage online, with many users calling for its author to be fired and a campaign developing urging tweeters to unfollow the Onion account.
But this was not the only potentially inappropriate comment aimed at Quvenzhané on Oscars night. Ceremony host Seth MacFarlane also caused raised eyebrows with his joke about George Clooney, which some viewers complained quip sexualized Wallis.
“To give you an idea of how young [Wallis] is, it’ll be 16 years before she’s too young for Clooney,” MacFarlane said, in a joke that seemed more a dig at Clooney than the child actress.
Wallis, who lost out to Jennifer Lawrence for the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar, was recently confirmed for the lead role in the upcoming remake of ‘Annie’. Before last night’s awards ceremony she appeared more than capable of holding her own with Piers Morgan. Morgan challenged her to impersonate his British accent; Morgan mocked her attempt, laughing, “‘Ello gov’nor, what kind of accent’s that?” to which Wallis replied: “Yours.”
Despite immediately denying it, Morgan, challenged by the little girl, was then forced to admit that the impersonation had been pretty good. It’s not terrible,” Wallis firmly stated, forcing the 47-year-old to concede: “Actually it was very good, I’m only kidding.”
It was off the back of this red carpet appearance that The Onion writer thought it OK to call her ‘a c**t.’