The Onion has issued an apology Monday after they called the 9-year-old star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" a crude name on Twitter, NPR said.
The satirical newspaper referred to Quvenzhane Wallis as an offensive term for female genitalia Sunday, leading to an internet backlash, the San Francisco Chronicle said.
"Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry." The Onion CEO Steve Hannah said over Facebook, according to NPR.
Outraged readers have requested the writer of the tweet be identified, but no name has been released, NPR said.