Two weeks before the 85th Academy Awards, Rock Center's Harry Smith sat in during an “Onion” editorial meeting where they brainstormed content for Oscar night. The staff discussed several possible headlines and mentioned nine-year-old "Beasts of the Southern Wild" actress Quvenzhané Wallis. During the awards, Wallis was the butte of a controversial joke tweeted by the Onion.
The social media reaction to "The Onion's" tweet was swift, passionate and dual-sided. Rock Center has curated some of the conversation it inspired after the jump.
Editor's note: Harry Smith's full report aired Friday, March 1 at 10PM/9C on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.