In the wake of Malaysia Airlines’ #MH17 crash, celebrities, artistes, media icons, and netizens have taken to Twitter to express their shock and disbelief. Most Malaysians, who have only barely recovered from this other Malaysia Airlines tragedy, have yet to come to terms with what just happened about 24 hours ago.
As Malaysians ourselves, we mourn. Grief has swept across the nation, shared by all who breathe the same air.
However, there has been certain “glitches” in the system, it seems, as celebrities such as Jason Biggs have been caught in the web of “saying the wrong things at the wrong time”. Jason tweeted a bad joke shortly after the news of the crash, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?”, which was met with a flurry of negative response from netizens.
And it seems that somewhere closer to home (read: Singapore), another celebrity has kinda sorta done the same. Blogger-turned-celebrity Dawn Yang was met with the same “wham, bam, and slam”s when she posted up the following on her Facebook status:
As seen in the above screenshot, some of her followers were less than pleased with her seemingly insensitive remark. Some have even commented on her Facebook status, telling her that it wasn’t funny. To which she replied, “am I laughing?”.
The thread went as far as people saying, “The bomohs should ‘santau’ (use black magic on) you”, “Attention seeker Dawn Yang…. please show some respect / decency over the lost of lives … it’s not funny at all .. till it happen to someone you know, you’d know it’s not funny at all..”, and “shut up please, ur comments spoiled ur pretty face…”, just to name a few.
It has also been shared a few times by some of her followers:
She has yet to apologise for the remark though. What do you guys think? Did Dawn go overboard this time? Too soon for jokes?
Sound off in the comments!
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