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Sat May 23 06:16:08 SAST 2015

The Onion apologises for offensive tweet about actress Wallis

Sapa-AP | 26 February, 2013 11:59
Actress Quvenzhane Wallis, nominated for best female lead for the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild," introduces a clip from the film at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 23, 2013.
Image by: DAVID MCNEW / REUTERS

The Onion is apologising for calling the nine-year-old star of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ a vulgar and offensive name on Twitter.

The satirical newspaper on Sunday referred to Quvenzhane Wallis with an expletive intended to denigrate women. The Onion was lambasted overnight and asked for forgiveness Monday.

CEO Steve Hannah wrote: "It was crude and offensive - not to mention inconsistent with The Onion's commitment to parody and satire, however biting."

Hannah said the offensive tweet was taken down in an hour, and the newspaper has "instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures" to ensure it will not happen again.

He said those responsible would be disciplined.

Said Hannah: "Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry."

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