I'm veering away from my usual topics today because I just read about this and I am so angry I cannot even see straight. The Onion thought it would be funny to call Quvenzhane Wallis, who was a nominee for Best Actress for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, the c-word. As a joke.
People who know me in real life know that I have a somewhat brutal and sarcastic sense of humor. But I do have lines I don't cross, and there are things that other people think are funny that I don't. C'est la vie.
However. I think we can all agree that calling a nine-year-old girl the c-word is actually not funny. (God, please tell me that we all agree on this.) Quvenzhane Wallis is a child. She may be a public figure but she's still a kid, a little girl, and I cannot imagine how awful it would be to have grown adults who bloody well know better use that kind of language about you when you're a kid. It really troubles me that someone thought it was appropriate to go there. If that makes me a humorless harpy, I really don't care. Sometimes people don't laugh at your stupid jokes not because they're humorless or because they're PC, but because your joke actually isn't funny. In this case, it was out-and-out bullying.
She is a child.
She is an actress. She's by all accounts a very talented one. She is also a child.
The Onion owes her a huge apology. And my god, I just want to give that kid a hug.
Update: The Onion issued an apology on its Facebook page. There are people who are still bleating about satire and acting like it's the second coming of Stalin for adults to get static when they call a nine-year-old girl the c-word. I cannot even with some people. If you think targeting a kid is okay, I think you're a terrible person.