Not All Layers of An Onion Are Equally Worth Peeling Back

Let's start with the tweet and get it right out there. Last night, The Onion tweeted this:


That, needless to say, was not a good idea. It was not a good idea for a lot of reasons. The simplistic version is "you don't call a 9 year old a cunt." That's pretty close to my more nuanced version too, but it helps to show your work to get to that conclusion because it is unfair to The Onion – to their intent and real target – to reduce the tweet to "The Onion called an amazing young girl a horrible word." [Read more…]