The following is a sequel to my previous post.
Apparently, the Onion wasn’t the only ones who seem to have some kind of problem with young actress Quvenzhané Wells. According to Racialicious’ own Arturo R. Garcia, a few people felt the need to show their asses at the expense of a little 9 year-old girl. But looky here. All of those people are white! Wow!
First, there was an Associated Press — Associated Press! — reporter on the red carpet before the show allegedly telling Wallis, “I’m gonna call you Annie,” instead of by her given name, for which the reporter was quickly and rightfully corrected. In another bizarre outburst, model Chrissy Teigen saw fit to call her “a brat.”
Then Oscars host Seth McFarlane chose to involve her in a joke about George Clooney’s supposed preference for younger women, saying, “To give you an idea of how young she is, it’ll be about 16 years before she’s too old for Clooney.” Of course, there were more “jokes” where that came from throughout the evening.
I’m not surprised in the least. Grown ass white people with some latent animosity towards people of color who decides to target a little black girl is a SMH moment, but some of us expect nothing less from insanely overprivileged individuals with nothing better on their minds. I call them ‘insanely overprivileged’ because they practically have it all and more, and as such feel like they can say or do whatever they want without consequences. That is what makes these kinds of white folks dangerous as hell.
The Onion’s chief executive Steve Hannah has issued an apology that reads:
“On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.”
“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. Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.”
*Coughs* Bullshit! *Coughs*