It is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and I am feeling good. Real good. That is until I read a text saying “Have you seen this shit The Onion tweeted?” I raise a quizzical eyebrow and proceed to discover the latest foolishness that finds its home on Twitter. I was thinking maybe it was some more Harlem Shake responses or perhaps Lisa Lampanelli was vomiting out of her mouth again; all likely possibilities.
Alas, the question posed was actually referring to a vulgar epithet hurled at youngest ever Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. According to Buzzfeed, The Onion decided to tweet this:
Buzzfeed reported that after being up for an hour and receiving a mass backlash, The Onion removed the tweet. However, what is written on Twitter can never be fully erased, as is apparent in this image above. And as I stare at the 17-word tweet, it amazes me how this type of racism and sexism can be directed toward a child.
Wait, did I really just say that. I am not shocked. I am not surprised. Of course this talented 9-year-old black girl is a cunt! Of course she is. Why? Because she is black and she is female. And she lives in one of the most racist countries in the world that continues to falsely proclaim that they have now entered a post-racial era. Antiquated yet degrading stereotypes placed upon black women for decades upon decades seem to manifest in this single tweet. Unfortunately, these jezebel and sapphire categories seem inescapable even for young little black girls.
I am trying to understand what makes Miss Wallis a cunt. Is it because she knows who she is and refuses to allow anyone to define her? As in when she politely told a reporter at the Oscars not to call her Annie. Or is it because she is not shy about telling people how to pronounce her name? If these are the reasons, someone needs to update the urban dictionary to include name pronunciation and name correction under the definition of cunt.
The sad thing is I never heard the word “cunt” to mean something positive. So I can’t even try to give The Onion the benefit of the doubt. It is a derogatory word and their is no getting around it. Which means The Onion intentionally tweeted it with malice and malevolence. Why else would you label Wallis with a vulgar term that sexualizes and reduces her to her reproductive organ. The child probably hasn’t even reached puberty let alone entered the double digits and already she is being called a cunt? This is outrageous! If this was meant to be a joke, that was an epic FAIL on The Onion’s part. I pretty sure no one is laughing. If anything The Onion has just solidified its place as a racist, sexist, and misogynistic publication that participates in the degradation of black women. I wonder was this their intention?
What are your thought’s on The Onion’s Tweet? Racist or just a joke?