Jason Biggs criticised for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 joke made days after aircraft carrying 239 reported missing
The Orange is the New Black star came under fire from followers on Twitter for the insensitive remark
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.
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