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Jason Biggs apologizes for bad joke about the Malaysian Airlines crash

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Jason Biggs

Jason Biggs, an actor on the television show “Orange is the New Black,” is now apologizing for a social media message he tweeted on Twitter on Thursday. Biggs has received a great deal of criticism for his intended joke. After the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine, Biggs tweeted, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” His attempt at humor was not appreciated at all, according to an NBC News report on Friday.

After the criticism of his social media message started up, Biggs followed up his joke by saying: “Hey all you ‘too soon’ assh--es – it’s a f---ing joke.” He went on to message his Twitter followers that they don’t even have to be on his Twitter page at all. After that, negative responses to Biggs’ social media joke – which was called totally insensitive to the seriousness of the horrific plane crash - and his response to those criticisms blew out of control. That is when he finally backed down from his failed joke and softened his explitive-laced response to his Twitter followers.

Finally realizing that ‘an apology is the new way out’ of such a situation, Biggs finally messaged a lengthy response to his critics on Thursday evening. Biggs messaged that he was deleting his previous Twitter account messages. He said that people were offended and that was definitely not his intent. He went as far as to apologize by saying he was sorry to those who were offended by his attempt at humor regarding the Malaysian Airlines crash which killed 295 people.

In the extended tweet which took four tweets to complete - given the Twitter rule of 140 characters per tweet - Biggs said that the airplane crash was obviously a horrible tragedy and everyone - including himself – is sad and angry about it. He sent the customary thoughts and prayers out to the victims and their families. According to a Huffington Post report, he assured his readers that he was not being forced by anyone to apologize, and said that he simply understand that his comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. No word as to whether anyone offered to buy his frequent flier miles.