Jason Biggs jokes about Malaysia Airlines plane crash: Funny or wrong?
You’ve seen how quickly jokesters come out of the woodwork whenever something cataclysmic happens – so the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight over the Ukraine became fair game.
And the star of the very successful series of “American Pie” movies took his best stab at it – composing a tweet joking about the crash of the jetliner that claimed the lives of 295 people aboard.
In his tweet, He wrote - “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?”
Well, he had no takers among his followers, but plenty of detractors.
“Too soon, man. Too soon,” wrote one person.
“Was your sense of humor on that flight?” asked another.
“Way too soon for a joke like this; families don't even know,” another follower scolded him.
Biggs responded with a series of defensive tweets, telling people not to follow him if they don’t like his sense of humor.
“Hey all you ‘too soon’ a-----s- it's a f-----g joke. You don't have to think it's funny, or even be on my twitter page at all,” the actor wrote.
“The idea that I wouldn’t have any empathy 4 the victims or their families because I make a joke is absolutely ridiculous,” he added. “U know that, right?”
“Truly- you losers are literally trying to find s--t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere,” Biggs said.
In a series of tweets later Thursday, Biggs apologized for the debacle, saying, "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."
He added: "This is obviously a horrible tragedy, and everyone-including myself- is sad and angry about it. Sending positive thoughts to the victims and their families. P.S. No one is making me send these tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill timed, and for that I apologize."
Funny how that "freedom of speech" thingy works. You can pretty much say what you want, but it doesn't protect you from reprisal - in this case, his followers.
I think common sense made him send his subsequent tweets – plain and simple. That plus the fact that even the most diehard of his fans – and some who might share his brand of humor – will probably be hitting “unfollow” on their Twitter accounts.
Douchey - most definitely!
Do you feel Jason Biggs was being funny or a douche by making a joke about the downing of the Malaysian Airlines jet?