I woke up this morning still disgusted.
Satirical news site The Onion is known for its quick quips and scathing, if generally tongue in cheek, mockery of current events. The joke officially crossed the line with Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild, when someone at the site tweeted “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c***, right?” (The tweeted version was not censored.)
Yes, the tweet was deleted within minutes of being posted. I’m sure it is because they quickly realized it was appalling on so many levels, but I am also guessing the immediate backlash of an outraged public displaying our collective disgust helped.
It is deplorable to no end that an adult had such a nasty thought about a child. Let alone be so amused by the repugnance, as to tweet it out to the world. The c-word as an adjective is by and far still considered one of the most vulgar words one can use against a woman. Yet someone at The Onion thought it was okay, in fact funny, to use such against a young child. How young? Nine years old, young; young enough to carry puppy themed purses to the all of the award events to which her talent has been acknowledged, young.
And on the biggest night of her young life, thus far, someone thought it was satirically brilliant to call her the c-word before the world. I’m sure Wallis’ mother appreciated the astute, rapier-witted humor The Onion had for her child.
Not that any word picking on a child, especially on such a prestigious night, would have been acceptable, but why that word? Why a word with such sexual connotations? Why against a child? And let’s just throw it out there, why against a Black child? Because being an adult actress of color in Hollywood is such a cake walk as it is. Let’s give Quvenzhané something to look forward to as she pursues her career.
And As sexist and misogynist as many of Seth McFarland’s jokes were throughout the night, The Onion in one loutish tweet suddenly made him a class act. I will however quote him on one joke he got right regarding Quvenzhané Wallis “You’ll be at the future Oscars when the rest of us are dead.”
Yes, with talent like hers, she will be at many more Oscars and when she finally wins…?
Boy, oh boy, I cannot wait to hear her acceptance speech then!