Right now, that is the only word that comes to mind.
As a mother, I can't imagine how I would handle this situation. Actually, yes I can. And in every one of those scenarios I see playing out in my head, I'm letting out a Xena-like battle cry, while kicking down the front door of The Onion and going to town on whoever tweeted this comment last night.
What's even more disturbing than the actual tweet is that the people (of all races) who understandably flocked to The Onion's social media sites to voice their displeasure with the inappropriate tweet, were greeted with comments like this:
Is this really what we've come to? Instead of addressing the issue at hand, the fact that The Onion tweeted something that was highly inappropriate, we instead try to excuse their behavior. Shrugging it off because The Onion is a well-known "satire" network.
I understand satire just as well as the next. In the right situation it can be hilarious. However, bullying an innocent little girl is never funny. It's disturbing.
This shouldn't be an issue of race. This shouldn't be an issue about whether or not she knew the comment was made. This shouldn't be an issue about satire. We need to focus on the fact that someone's 9-year old child was just publicly humiliated.
So if you think that tweet was funny, or you don't take issue with what was said, I want you to take a good long look at this picture and tell me that it still doesn't bother you.
I refuse to sit idly by and condone this sort of behavior. I may not be able to do much, but simply by choosing to click the unlike/unfollow button on their Facebook and Twitter page I am taking a stand with Quvenzhane. I hope you all can do the same.
Until next time...
Photo Cred 1) Zimbo.com
Photo Cred 2) Hollywood reporter.com