To all the people who are all butthurt over The Onion calling Quevenzhané Wallis a horrible name: You embody The Onion’s slogan, “Tu Stultus Es.” Or, in English, “You Are Dumb.” Please don’t misunderstand…I’m not defending them. What they did was in poor taste, no doubt about it. It crossed the line, for sure. But lest we forget - at its best, satire is supposed to do one thing. And that is: hold a mirror up to society, and show it where its warts are. And in calling the least-offensive person on the red carpet (a charming, poised, adorable, talented, and universally-praised 9-year-old) the MOST offensive word that exists, what The Onion was TRYING to do was to make us think. How often do we dismiss some celebrities as being “bad people” without even knowing them? I know some people who claim to not be able to stand Anne Hathaway, or Taylor Swift, or who will not see anything Gwyneth Paltrow does, because they say they “hate” them. Many actresses in particular seem to suffer this kind of stigma. We just judge them so easily. Certain public figures just rub us the wrong way, and that’s fine…If irrational, and often misguided. Pointing that out was all The Onion was trying to do. To ask us to consider why we harbor weird prejudices against certain people we don’t even know. By calling a beloved young talent by a nasty slur, the goal was the same as if they’d said, “Is it just us, or is Tom Hanks a piece of shit?” So, yes…What they did was ill-advised, and designed for maximum shock value. As such, feel free to lambaste them if you must. But for fuck’s sake…At least do it for the right reasons. Not because you were too thick to comprehend the impetus behind their intent.