The Onion Called Quvenzhane Wallis The C-Word, Should We Care? [Candy Dish]

The Onion is a satirical, faux-news organization and they have never, ever been afraid to make some crude jokes. When they called Quvenzhane the C-word it really didn’t phase me or stand out to me as a big deal. In my opinion their humor either accurately captures the hypocrisy of certain cultural attitudes, points out how silly some of those attitudes are or they make jokes about something so farfetched, so obviously and completely untrue that it’s intended to be funny. I believe the joke about Quvenzhane falls into that last category. Some people think that calling a little kid a bad name (even as a joke) is off limits but when Seth MacFarlane similarly made fun of her no one batted an eye. They took the Tweet down an hour later and have since issued a pretty sincere apology. Let’s just take a look at some of the other things The Onion has Tweeted over the last few weeks that sparked no backlash at all.


A joke about Oscar Pistorius who actually did kill his girlfriend. No one was upset they were joking about someone who was actually killed?

Another joke about the rampant gun murders in Chicago. No one cares about that . . .

Completely racialized, religious joke about a mass murderer. No one cared about this.

I  am not saying that because people aren’t universally offended by certain things that it makes one thing not offensive. I just find it interesting that people were so upset about this particular joke coming from this particular publication? Do you think they crossed the line? I think when things that can be potentially offensive are said we must consider the source and context.

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  1. Alyssa says:

    The other tweets are clearly satirical and are linked to articles that expound on that satire. The quote about Wallis is not clearly satire and just seems somewhat mean-spirited.

    1. Allison says:

      I dunno, I thought it was pretty clearly ironic, seeing as how everybody in the world thinks that little girl is completely adorable.

  2. Alina says:

    The Onion makes most of it's traffic from stepping on some toes in the name of humor. They
    are essentially shock jocks of the online "news" world and usually that's perfectly fine because they keep it funny and it's not generally thrown at children. Both jokes about her were rude, sexualizing and offensive and in a public forum that can't be taken back. While the Onion may have deleted the tweet, it's obviously still floating around the internet. The fact that someone thought it was acceptable to post that is somewhat horrifying. This is especially offensive because the c-word is both sexualizing and degrading, it was used a child. There is no reason for that. Especially a little girl who just got nominated for an Oscar. I get it supposed to be funny, and in comparison to other of the Onion's headliners it doesn't seem like a big deal, but when in relation to a child it crosses the line. So yeah, I would say it's a big deal and people should not take it lightly, it's not funny, it has no actual foundation, and is a shameful attempt to get traffic on their site. Using this word for anyone is offensive but when it's being used on a child it completely crosses the comedic line for what is acceptable and what isn't.

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  4. Gigi says:

    I think that comment was rude and entirely inappropriate. Regardless of whether she’s a little girl or not because I think it’s disrespectful to her as female & undermining her achievements Ina sexist way

  5. Jane says:

    The problem is that she's a child who certainly doesn't even know what the c-word means and it's a term that has a sexual connotation. Children are off limits. Also I don't recall other child stars being called names like this. So this was mean and unnecessary.

  6. It is pretty one, and that is called name of humor. nice one.

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