A tweet from the satirical newspaper, "The Onion," sparked outrage Sunday night for calling 9-year-old Best Actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, the c-word.
According to MSN, during the Oscars ceremony, the brains behind The Onion's Twitter account posted this joke about 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis at 11:42 pm Sunday:
"Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c**t, right?"
There was no apparent reason that prompted the tweet, USA Today noted.
The Onion deleted the tweet about an hour after it was posted to its more than 4 million followers, the Associated Press reported. However, it had already gone viral: it was retweeted more than 500 times and favorited by some 400.
Still, angry reactions flooded The Onion's Facebook page and Twitter. Many have called for fans to boycott the site.
"Referring To Precious 9yr Old Quvenzhane Wallis As The 'C-Word' Is Both Unfortunate & Unacceptable. Shame On @TheOnion! #UnfollowTheOnion," tweeted Emmy Award-winning Actress Jackée Harry.
Not everyone agreed. "Doesn't anyone get the grand irony of it?" asked Nathan Hamlin Bean on Facebook. "She is the one person in that auditorium who could never be a c**t...which is why they posted it."
Others, wanted an apology. "I see what they were trying to do," tweeted Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a Columbia University professor. "They missed the mark in awful, vulgar, and unacceptable fashion. Now they MUST fix it."
The Onion had not issued an apology at the time of publication.
During tonight's Academy Awards, CNET writes, Wallis, who starred in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," lost out for the Best Actress Oscar to winner Jennifer Lawrence from "Silver Linings Playbook."
Wallis is the youngest actor to ever be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, MyFOXAL reported. It was announced shortly before the Academy Awards that she will play the lead in an upcoming remake of Annie.