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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.


Black Comedians ‘Laugh to Keep From Crying’ During Black History Month

Friday marks the start of Black History Month in the United States and for African American comedians, it’s an opportunity to chronicle the history of this country through their comedy routines.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with comedian and writer Ralph Cooper about Black History Month, the old saying that one must “Laugh to keep from crying” and finding the kernel of humor amid one’s pain that has left a rich and substantial heritage of jokes.


Examining Sex, Race and the First Amendment in the DC Comedy Scene

In the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, a room dedicated to getting as many different people who love to perform comedy on the stage thrives each Thursday night.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with comedian Ralph Cooper about turning the RFD restaurant into a comedy den, where newbies are welcome and hecklers are too… sort of. Fear not. Ralph Explains.