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No one would argue this was the best week ever for The Onion. No one, that is, but the satirically minded staff of The Onion.
Days after breaking its tone to issue a sincere apology for an inflammatory Oscar night tweet that called nine-year-old nominee Quvenzhane Wallis a crude term, The Onion addressed the incident in a piece with a title that sort of says it all: “New Study Finds ‘The Onion’ Has Never Been More Popular, More Beloved, Or More Respected.”
The piece goes on to cite a study finding a “record number of Onion readers” say “the last five or six days in particular constitute a veritable high watermark for the company.”
The readers interviewed for the story could think of nothing recent that would shake their trust in The Onion.
“At press time, the editorial staff of The Onion had confirmed that they could not remember having a better week at work, nor could they remember ever having felt so happy in general with their lives, nor more content with the state of the world as a whole and their place in that world,” the piece continues.
The Onion drew some serious criticism Sunday after a tweet from its official account read: “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a [c-word], right?”
The tweet was deleted, but not before stirring up controversy.
Onion CEO Steve Hannah issued an apology Monday to Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.
“No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire,” he wrote.
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