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Monday
Feb252013

"The Onion" Apologizes for Vulgar Tweet About Quvenzhané Wallis

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Onion, a satirical news site, apologized Monday for a crude tweet posted during the Oscars about Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old actress nominated for best actress for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c***, right?” read the tweet, which was deleted about an hour after it was posted.

While some of Oscars host Seth MacFarlane’s jokes Sunday night were met with cool silence inside the Dolby Theater, Twitter users lashed back at The Onion for its tweet.

Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion, apologized today, saying, “No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.”

“It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting,” he wrote in a statement posted on the website.

Hannah said the unidentified employees behind the tweet would be disciplined.

Wallis, who played Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, was also ribbed during the awards broadcast by MacFarlane. He quipped at one point that “it’ll be 16 years before she’s too old for” George Clooney.

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Friday
Jun242011

Pulitzer Prize for The Onion?

PRNewsFoto/The Onion(NEW YORK) -- Steven Forbeck is the head of the satirical organization Americans for Fairness in Awarding Journalism Prizes, which is trying to elicit support for a Pulitzer Prize for The Onion, itself a satirical newspaper.

The Onion, established in 1988 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has taken to calling the Pulitzer Board the "Lazy, Illiterate Pulitzer Board," leading up to the publication of its 1,000th issue June 20.

So far, Ricky Gervais, Arianna Huffington, Gail King, Ira Glass, Mikheil Saakashvili (President of the Republic of Georgia), Russ Feingold, Tom Hanks, and Mario Batali, as well as many other notables, have joined the cause.

"[AFAJP] was founded in 1944, started in response to a lot of concerned citizens noticing that journalism organizations were not being recognized for their achievements," Forbeck, in character as the Head of the AFAJP, told ABC news. "Specifically was one in Belgium, some reporters were rewarded for some reporting they did, I don't know, on the Western Front during World War II. And of course, as we all know, Belgium isn't an actual country, so it doesn't have any standing to win an actual prize."

For the record, Belgium is a country located in Western Europe.

Since its inception in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize Committee has distributed 8,000 of the prestigious prizes. Forbeck thinks that The Onion should without question be awarded a Pulitzer.

"It is a testament to the age that we live in, unfortunately, that I would even have to answer this question. It is the number one news organization in the country. Unbiased reporting, hard-hitting, in-depth coverage, I could go on and on, but unfortunately most of the adjectives that could describe The Onion haven't been invented yet," said Forbeck.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan212011

The Onion News Network Debuts on TV

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Watch out CNN, there's a new cable news show in town.

Well, almost.

Tune in Friday night to the Independent Film Channel for the TV debut of the Onion News Network. Complete with flashy graphics and a high-def touchscreen "Recon Wall," it has all the trappings of a cable news show but without any of the facts. It's the first-ever fake news network, which began as an online video series in 2007.

The anchors are not comedians, they're not riffing on the day's headlines and they're not after a fair and balanced reputation.

The ONN makes up its news; it aims to poke fun and imitate cable news coverage.

The show debuts Friday at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

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