Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: Jason Biggs apologises for ‘tasteless’ joke about plane shot down in Ukraine that killed 298
Just hours after news of the tragedy broke, the actor tweeted: 'Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?'
Jason Biggs has publicly apologised for a tasteless joke he made on Twitter.
Just hours after news broke that a Malaysia Airlines flight travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had been shot down over the Russian-Ukraine, killing 298 passengers, the Orange Is The New Black actor tweeted: “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?”
He followed it up with a second post, which read: “In all seriousness, tho- HOW DO YOU MISTAKENLY SHOOT DOWN A COMMERCIAL PLANE?! Ugh.”
Unsurprisingly, his musings weren’t warmly received, and he took to criticism not unlike a school boy having his ear pinched by branding his followers ‘losers’.
He wrote: “Hey all you ”too soon“ a**holes- it's a f***ing joke. You don't have to think it's funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.
“Truly - you losers are literally trying to find s**t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere.
“The idea that I wouldn't have any empathy 4 the victims or their families because I make a joke is absolutely ridiculous. U know that, right?”
Retaliating to one follower, who tweeted at him “I'll be sure to laugh when u suffer a family tragedy,” he wrote: “Please do! I hope I can laugh during my family tragedy 2!"
But Biggs has since had a change of heart (or perhaps a stern word from a producer or a publicist), deleted the tweets, and posted a four-prong apology:
1). Hey all- ok, so- I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were.Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) July 17, 2014
2). This is obviously a horrible tragedy, and everyone-including myself- is sad and angry about it. Sending positive thoughts to theJason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) July 17, 2014
3). victims and their families. P.S. No one is making me send these tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come offJason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) July 17, 2014
4). as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize.Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) July 17, 2014
Which might have carried more weight, had he apologised for the string of offensive remarks he made about Malaysian Flight MH370, days after the aircraft, carrying 239 passengers, was reported missing in March.
He referenced the news in a tweet as he micro-blogged US programme The Bachelor.
“Nikki is looking for Juan Pablo to say “I Love You.” She’d have better luck looking for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. #TheBachelor”, Biggs tweeted.
He didn’t apologise.
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