On July 17th, a Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people. All over the world, people were taking to Twitter to find out the latest updates on the rapidly unfolding situation. Yet others, like “Orange Is The New Black” star Jason Biggs, went online to crack some poorly timed jokes.
Only hours after the incident, Biggs posted the Tweet “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” He was met with a chorus of groans and admonition from his followers. “You’d laugh if your kids died in a plane crash?” wrote one angry fan.
But Biggs wouldn’t back down, and posted another Tweet hours later, defending himself and lashing out at his critics: “Hey, all you ‘too soon’ a**holes – it’s a f**king joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.”
It took Biggs several more hours to realize what he’d done, finally deleting the offending tweets and putting up an apology. It said, among other things, that “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.”