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.
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Game of Thrones season 5 trailer: The first full-length look is here
Mia Khalifa: Pornhub star claims Drake sent her 'cringeworthy' naked photos on Instagram
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Putin opponent reveals Russian President's daughter's secret identity
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: One of the world's leading suppliers and manuf...
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...
£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...