After Libya strongman Moammar Gadhafi was killed by rebels on Thursday, many celebrities marked the occasion with humor on Twitter. “Lunch with Gadhafi, cancelled,” tweeted Steve Martin. On Saturday, actor Orlando Jones went in a different direction, posting, “Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin(:”
After the post came from the MADtv star’s unverified account, followers got into a war of words with him over what he wrote about the former Alaskan governor. While Palin did not respond on Twitter to Jones’ remarks, her supporters did. An account called Tennessee4Palin (@TN4P) wrote, “Why does @TheOrlandoJones think it’s funny to call for Sarah Palin to be murdered? #palin #liberaltolerance”, to which Jones responded, “No I don’t. I think it’s funny that you are so upset about my inane tweet.”
When another user tweeted at Jones, “You are obviously a big fat moron. How about someone talked about killing your mother or sister. Is that Funny-ha, ha?”, the actor/comedian wrote back, “Yay! Name calling. I’m a moron that’s working on the big and fat part. Maybe you could buy me food & complete the trifecta(:” (Jones’ reps did not respond immediately to EW’s request for comment.)
Did Orlando Jones go too far with his tweet about Sarah Palin? Admitting that his original tweet was “inane” is one thing, but comparing any American politician to a dictator who sponsored terrorists who killed Americans seems thoughtless. I’m not even sure Jones can plead comedy as his defense — you know, because his tweets haven’t been funny.
Does Jones owe Palin an apology or is Twitter a place — as it seems to be more and more the case these days — where celebrities can say exactly what’s on their mind? Does this “battle” pale in comparison to the fight between Palin and Kathy Griffin from earlier this year or even when Palin tweeted “Don’t Retreat, RELOAD” back in 2010? Share in the comments section below, PopWatchers.