Following the passing of both Carrie Fisher, who died just days after suffering a heart attack at age 60, and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who passed away one day after her daughters death, several celebrities and fans posted heartwarming messages and offered support.
Charlie Sheen, on the other hand, posted a stunning and slightly aggressive tweet aimed at President-elect Donald Trump, instead:
“Dear God; Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please!” — @CharlieSheen
Sheen ends the above tweet with a middle finger emoji.
In his failed attempt to express frustration surrounding the many iconic celebrity deaths in 2016, Sheen, instead of offering condolences to the family members and friends of Fisher and Reynolds, begged God repeatedly to take Trump next.
CNN anchor Jack Tapper criticized Sheen’s tactic when he commented, “What is wrong with people? Just stop. It’s not cute or funny.” Other Twitter users have expressed disgust over the comments. Some even tagged the website’s CEO Jack Dorsey on Sheen’s post, asking why comments begging for someones death remain on the site, while other tweets have been removed for smaller infractions.
Just months ago, Twitter permanently banned the prominent conservative Milo Yiannopoulos as a result of alleged racist abuse targeted at “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones. Yiannopoulos gave a poor review of the remade “Ghostbusters” film, and tweeted that she looked like a “dude.” Following his comments, several Twitter accounts posted hateful tweets to Jones, leading her to contact CEO Dorsey, in hopes to get Milo banned. The Twitter team concluded that Yiannopoulos’ comments violated rules regarding “targeted abuse”, and deactivated his Twitter account permanently.
How is it that Charlie Sheen praying and begging for the death of our next President does not infringe Twitter’s “targeted abuse” rule, but critiquing a film and saying someone looks like the opposite gender will have you removed permanently? Are movie critiques not allowed anymore because they hurt feelings? Are people not allowed to observe how somebody looks in relation to their gender? Oh right, gender is non-binary, now. It’s 2016.
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