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The Onion Apologizes for Quvenzhané Wallis Tweet

As predicted by yours truly last night, The Onion’s tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis still has the Internet in full wrath mode. Not only was the offending tweet removed, this morning Onion CEO Steve Hannah issued a rare apology on the paper’s Facebook page.

“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.

“No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.”

That Wallis is 9 and utterly adorable is obviously what has everyone so worked up. It’s also why the joke is so funny. It probably wouldn’t fly on TV, with its mass mainstream audience. But it’s an appropriately crude, tongue-in-cheek joke for a disposable, largely-adult, medium like Twitter.

Hannah’s letter in full after the jump:

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Kobe Bryant Wins on the Court and Twitter

Before Sunday’s Lakers-Mavericks game, Dallas owner Mark Cuban suggested that Los Angeles should use their amnesty clause (fancy way of saying release) on Kobe Bryant in the offseason.

Kobe Bryant being Kobe Bryant, took Cuban’s comments to heart and carried the Lakers on his back in a 103-99 victory with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

If that wasn’t bad enough for Cuban to swallow, Bryant tweeted the following after the game:

Welp.

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Parody News Site du Jour May or May Not Be Based in LA*

We don’t usually write about behind-the-scenes FishbowlLA stuff, but this instance was too funny (and also, potentially, reflective of the central tricked-media dynamic) not to.

Daniel Barkeley, founder and editor of parody news website The Daily Currant, has enjoyed a number of moments in the spotlight since launching his site last spring. In 2012 for example, he scored coverage after made-up jests about Todd Akin, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachman and George W. Bush each got picked up by the mainstream media.

This week’s Washington Post slip-up is arguably the site’s biggest coup yet, albeit entirely self-inflicted by WaPo contributor Suzi Parker. Sarah Palin joke-tweeted about it; thousands more gleefully mocked WaPo on Twitter; and Barkeley spoke to imediaethics.org about just how faux this faux Palin-to-Al-Jazeera item is.

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Willy Wonka and the Condescending Twitter Factory

If you search on Twitter for “Condescending Wonka,” words that connect to an infamous Internet meme, you may well be stupefied by the results. There are dozens of such CW-named feeds, some with follower counts that reach into the hundreds of thousands.

In one sense, it’s no surprise that the 1971 Gene Wilder movie has been sliced, diced and co-opted like just about ever other piece of pop culture. But FishbowlLA wondered who sits behind some of the top Wonka goofs such as @WonkaTweets.

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Rogue LAPD Cop Christopher Dorner Sent Package to Anderson Cooper

Rogue LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who is currently wanted for the murder of no less than three people in Southern California, certainly had plenty of thoughts about various pop culture and media figures in his online manifesto. He apparently felt strong enough about Anderson Cooper, however, to send him a personal note.

More details from Cooper after the jump:

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Now You See @ShiaLabeouf, Now You Don’t

A day after a verified Twitter account for Shia Labeouf popped up on Twitter, it has been de-activated. In its wake, the best place to get a sense of what transpired are the tweets of next-door-actor @JamesUrbaniak.

Twitter Labeouf – or someone posting on the account’s behalf – got things rolling Monday with a couple of very straightforward greetings, only to then quickly delete them. This being Twitter, the disappearing act was grounds for all sorts of musings.

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BREAKING: BuzzFeed Uses Twitter to Interview Moviegoers Trapped by Westchester Mall Hostage Crisis

Approximately 200 moviegoers are trapped inside the Rave movie theater at the Howard Hughes Center mall in Westchester due to a hostage situation at the Nordstrom Rack next door. The SWAT team is keeping patrons from leaving the theater for their own protection.

BuzzFeed‘s new Los Angeles bureau has been communicating via Twitter with some of the anxious moviegoers:

An excellent (and nerve-wracking) example of what a strong news-gathering tool social media is for reporters. We’re holding our breath for the safe release of the hostages.

@LAKings Twitter Duo Back in the Regular Season Business

To the credit of AEG Sports director, new media Dewayne Hankins and LA Kings digital media coordinator Pat Donahue, the pair kept things interesting on Twitter during the NHL lockout. Here for example was a quickly revised @LAKings New Year’s resolution:

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Kobe Bryant Joins Twitter Again

 

Well, well, well.

Look who decided to rejoin Twitter finally.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has finally caved in and joined the social media platform again. A source close to Bryant confirmed to Mark Medina of the Daily News that the account was legit and No. 24 was the man behind it.

Medina also points out that Bryant was on the ropes about returning to Twitter as recently as last week:

“Maybe,” Bryant said on Dec. 30. “The one thing about me is when I’m doing it, I enjoy doing it myself and putting the time into it. I don’t know if I have the time available to give the fans the attention they deserve.”

Bryant’s first time on Twitter was in September 2011 before suspending his account shortly thereafter.

When @SergeantBrody Met @azizansari

The first time the Twitter accounts of Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari and Homeland character Nicholas Brody publicly crossed paths was after the Thanksgiving holiday. The following tweet was posted to the Showtime series goof after briefly showing up and then being deleted from Ansari’s end:

Someone at the Hollywood Reporter noticed the Ansari mix-up and presumably, since that time, the publication has been giving the actor and his reps time to respond. They have not, and so this afternoon, writer Andy Lewis has delightfully blown Ansari’s Twitter cover. At press time, the last @SergeantBrody tweet is dated December 3 and there is nothing today @azizansari.

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