They’re not joking this time

Using the c-word in reference to Quvenzhané Wallis “was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting,” says Onion CEO Steve Hannah. “No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.”

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

* Why The Onion must be held accountable for its vile tweet (edrants.com) | The Onion apologizes

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