Oscars Night Tainted With Misogyny and Social Media Attack on Child Actress

Talk of the Oscars on Sunday night quickly went from the glam and glitter to the misogynistic and malicious as critics jumped on Oscars host Seth MacFarlane before hurling their anger at the satirical news website The Onion for calling Oscar-nominated 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis the “C” word on Twitter.

For The New Yorker, “Watching the Oscars last night meant sitting through a series of crudely sexist antics led by a scrubby, self-satisfied Seth MacFarlane,” calling the night’s show “unattractive and sour.”

MacFarlane is the creator of television show “Family Guy” and the recent movie “Ted,” which is about a young boy’s teddy bear who comes to life and talks with a foul mouth.

As for The Onion, a tweet appeared on its stream that said, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c***, right? #Oscars2013″.

Wallis was nominated in the best actress category for her performance in “Beast of the Southern Wild.”

Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion, wrote a personal apology to Wallis on Monday, calling the tweet “crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.” He called Wallis “young and talented,” adding that she deserved better.

To discuss the Oscars and the subsequent drama surrounding The Onion and Wallis, host Jamila Bey spoke with Jamilah Lamieux, director of digital news and lifestyle at Ebony.com who also wrote a story on Monday called “Quvenzhane Wallis is No Joke.”


Additionally, Bey spoke with comedians Ralph Cooper and Keith Lowell Jensen to discuss the tweet. Both gentlemen are the fathers of young daughters, but even so, they don’t think the Onion should be pilloried for using a term some people believe is always un-utterable. If or not you agree, there are a number of ways to look at this particular story.


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