The Onion‘s Twitter feed called 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis the “c” word. The backlash was swift and harsh. Warning: The offending tweet is within this post.
During the show, MacFarlane sexualized her as well: “To give you an idea of just how young she is, it will be 16 years until she’s too old for Clooney.”
Apparently, the presence of a 9-year-old girl experiencing a triumphant moment brings out the ugliest side of some people. Let’s hope she never finds out what The Onion wrote about her. And if she does, that she also finds out that people freaked out about it. Particularly Wendell Pierce, who played Bunk on The Wire. Take it away, Mr. Pierce: