The satirical newspaper The Onion issued a rare apology Monday after an offensive tweet about 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis.

During Sunday's live Oscar broadcast, The Onion tweeted sarcastically, "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c--t, right? #Oscars2013."

The tweet was gone an hour later after some scathing backlash from social media.

Onion, Inc. CEO Steve Hannah posted a letter of apology on The Onion's official Facebook      page that read,

Dear Readers, On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.