I thought it was a given that children are off limits when it comes to taking pot shots at celebrities. Apparently, this was not the case last night during the 85th Annual Academy Awards otherwise known as the Oscars. Quvenzhane Wallis achieved something truly remarkable as an actress, an African-American and a child and some mean-spirited individual hiding behind the moniker of there work twitter handle manages to rain on her special day with the post of a tweet that went viral.
During the broadcast many bloggers including myself, were live tweeting comments about the show. Then all of a sudden towards the end of the awards I noticed a tweet by someone who was completely outraged by a tweet that attacked the child actress, Quvenzhane Wallis.
Of course, I was curious did some investigating and soon found that it was true and indeed horrible, extremely vulgar, egregious take your pick. A popular publication, the Onion, was responsible for the anonymous comment. Even thought they are known for their satirical unapologetic but fake news they have over 4 million followers.
It amazes me the mean and vicious things people will do and say on the internet that they are too cowardly to ever say in person or even out loud. And much less said about an innocent child. Interestingly, they choose the name Onion since it now represents the fact that they don’t care how far they go even if it makes a little girl cry.
There has been much discussion about there a possible upset in the Best Actress category and the anticipation for who would win the Oscar ran high. Why? Because of Quvenzhane Wallis. There are several reasons for controversy surrounding the young actress.
1. At just nine years old she is the youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar
2. She also happens to be African-American
3. It was her very first role that she earned the nomination for in the film ‘ Beasts of the Southern Wild’
4. Some people have made an issue of the fact she has an unusual name – Actually one of the academy members in an anonymous interview with a reporter revealed how he/she arrived at their decision for voting for who should win the Oscar for Best Actress. The voting member said they ‘wouldn’t vote for anyone whose name they couldn’t pronounce’. How narrow minded.
What do you think should happen to the person who tweeted the comment?
The controversial comment caused so much public outrage that the tweet was removed within an hour of it being posted and today the paper, The Onion printed an apology. See apology details here The Onion Apologizes For Quvezhané Wallis Oscar Tweet.