2/25/2013– The Onion has issued an apology. You can read it here.
I could go off on a tangent about how much the Oscars sucked this year, how Seth MacFarlane is a disgusting pig, or how stupid it was this year, but instead I’ll focus on what is sure to be the main topic in feminist (and news) sites all over in the next few hours:
How Seth MacFarlane’s asshole words led to the sexualization of 9 year old Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old best actress nominess for “Beasts of the Southern Wild. MacFarlane cracked a joke about how she would be too old to date George Clooney in 16 years*. This moment of sexualization of a nine year old girl led to The Onion to anger the Twitterverse.
I’m not linking to the actual tweet because a) it’ll probably get pulled by the morning and b) it disgusts me.
There is nothing– NOTHING– that gives The Onion the right to call a nine year old girl a cunt. First, that word is vile. Second, she is nine. For God’s sake, outside of her film, the girl is known for her puppy purse collection. Third, what the freak is wrong with you?! She is nine years old. She is the epitome of innocence. She has made history by being nominated for an Oscar. THERE IS NO REASON TO CALL A NINE YEAR OLD GIRL SUCH VILE WORDS.
I am disgusted and appalled by the fact that The Onion tweeted this. I am also appalled that I have used The Onion in my classroom to teach satire. Twitter is pissed off at them, and many Twitter users are encouraging others to contact them to voice your concerns about the tweet.
While I suspect they will delete the tweet, claim to have been hacked, and call it a day, I’m going to sit here, let my anger boil, and encourage you all to not let them get away with this. Quvenzhané is a child. She is someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s friend. Would you let someone publicly call your loved one a cunt? Especially if your loved one was a child?
I don’t think so.
So let The Onion know how disgusted you are by them. Unfollow them on Twitter. Fill their inboxes. Behavior like this is unacceptable, and it’s time for us to stop whatever it is in our society that makes hundreds of people favorite and retweet these vile words, thinking they’re okay.
Quvenzhané, congratulations on your nomination. You are a phenomenal young lady, and you are on your way to growing up to be a strong, incredible individual. Keep up the great work! <3
*Edit, 2/25– I misquoted the original Seth MacFarlane joke. He said, “To give you an idea of how young she is, it’ll be about 16 years before she’s too old for Clooney.”