The Onion is taking heat today after calling 9-year-old Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis a vulgar and offensive name on Twitter.
The parody newspaper and website deleted the tweet a few hours later, but social media wasn't about to let the controversy disappear. [...] A search of Twitter shows the controversy hasn't settled down, and as of now The Onion hasn't made any further comment on its Twitter feed. There are online petitions calling for a public apology.
I'm going to give the legions of Twitter knights the benefit of the doubt and assume they're unfamiliar with The Onion's m.o. (whatever they do, they shouldn't read this). But point taken: calling nine-year olds the c-word is a no-no. And to avoid future confusion, I've put together a handy primer on the word's usage.