Jason Biggs has come under fire for making a questionable joke about the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 just days after it was declared missing.
The American Pie and Orange is the New Black actor 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”, the actor tweeted.
As the families of the 239 passengers on board the missing flight are still anxiously awaiting any news about their whereabouts, Biggs’ joke was met with a somewhat mixed response.
Some lamented the star for his insensitivity, and his relation of the serious story to the far less serious dating show:
Nikki is looking for Juan Pablo to say 'I Love You'. She'd have better luck looking for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. #TheBachelorJason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) March 11, 2014
Too soon @JasonBiggs, too soon...Jare Philz (@kidjare) March 11, 2014
Others sparked a somewhat sarcastic - occasionally plain offensive - response:
The incident was quickly picked up by entertainment media, some of whom were promptly trolled by Biggs:
. @bondnickbond hey asshole if ur gonna write about "backlash" to my tweet why don't u also include some of the mostly positive responses?Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) March 11, 2014
And yes, true to his word, there were a few positive responses - though perhaps equally as offensive:
@JasonBiggs This is funnier than all the American Pie movies put together. 9/11SoNotBrendan (@SoNotBrendan) March 11, 2014
Investigators have said that they were widening the search area for the missing jet by hundreds of miles.