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Who is Quvenzhane’ Wallis

Glancing through my timeline on Facebook last night, I saw the cutest little diva on the red carpet:

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Too adorable for me! And, I, who have been so far removed from all things current had to ask just who she was.

Quvenzhane’ Wallis is a 9-year-old actress that was nominated this year for the Academy Award for Best Actress based on her performance in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild – the youngest actress ever to receive that honor!

Unfortunately her history-making night is marred by the crude and offensive words of adults who should know better. When did this become okay? When did verbally attacking innocent children become something that didn’t set off warning bells in someone’s head?

From the Onion’s crude tweet to Seth McFarlane’s “joke” referencing her age and George Clooney’s dating preferences – where is the line?

The Onion has since offered the dutiful, heartfelt apology after being called out by so many. Does that truly make a difference?

This talented young diva’s history making night is marred by foolishness and it sickens me.  It sickens me because someone even thought these terrible things about a child and then went a step further to share them in public forums.

It sickens me because it reflects the lack of respect our society seems to have for our children.

I’m excited to see how she rises above this and makes her mark on Hollywood. For her to years from now be able to look back on this experience and say despite what they may have called me, I’m much bigger and better than that and them.


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Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Children should be off limits to crude and harmful remarks period. I don't care if you call it "satire". Now her mother has the responsibility of explaining to this baby that the world is cruel and people can be mean. There is plenty of time in her life to learn that, why couldn't we just let her enjoy her moment? There was one interview where the guy told her we're gonna cll you "Annie", she quickly corrected him. Good for you Quvenzhane and we are rooting for ya sweetie!


Tuesday 26th of February 2013

I loved her response to that "Annie" foolishness! Who she is and who she gets paid to portray are totally separate!

Antionette Blake

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Unfortunately rude behavior has become the norm in our society and worse yet, it's accepted by many.

Carolyn Moon

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

There are so many of us in agreement with you on this matter. The apology is of little consequence for it emerged out of an unnecessary, useless and tasteless circumstance. 'New Black Woman's' take on this incident was also on point.


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