The Onion , a popular blog full of satire and humor crossed the line earlier this evening by tweeting:
” @TheOnion: Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right?#Oscars2013 “.
Many vocalized their lack of approval for such a tasteless tweet immediately. The tweet was deleted as a result but lives on through the power of retweets and screen shots. The word cunt usually refers to a woman’s vagina which made people wonder why the delegated tweeter for the evening felt the need to call a nine year old girl such a thing.
Over the past few weeks since the Oscar nominations were announced, Quvenzhane Wallis has been ridiculed and her talent has been questioned. It is sad to say that the root of this may stem from her being black. Renowned blogger Luvvie tweets:
Lindsay Lohan. Haley Joel Osment. Drew Barrymore. The Olsen Twins. All child stars. Which of them was called a cunt at 9? Oh none? Ok.
Why is this socially acceptable on social media? Are we “OK” with belittling minorities in such a fashion. I am aware that ‘The Onion’ is used to making headlines because of its humorous take on real life situations but where should we draw the line. What is the logic behind this type of language and what type of respect do we have and or are missing to refer to a child in such a fashion. This child’s night will be haunted by this tweet. I am sure her publicist and family have been made aware already.
Lets be clear, I am speaking from the perspective of a motivational speaker that attempts to teach young girls like Quvenzhane to love who they are, embrace their talents and be strong no matter what. When you see adults acting in such a disrespectful way how can you teach wrong from right? How can this girls mother let her know that this is just ignorance at its best? How can Ms. Wallis not be upset even if she doesn’t fully understand the debate brewing over this? You cant. You just have to know better and maybe, one day, understand but someone should be held accountable for this! I want every last person that vowed to boycott Kanye West when he cut Taylor Swift off to be as passionate about this little girl being disrespected. I know the two aren’t associated but they are equal in my eyes. Her moment was stolen too!
My question to you all is if this happened because Quvenzhane Wallis is black?
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