In a rare move to honor the memory of Kobe Bryant, Twitter has gone ahead and deleted an offensive tweet that made light of the Calabasas helicopter crash that tragically killed Bryant and eight others. The tweet, which was posted on the three-year anniversary of the crash, read: “Lol Kobe and his daughter died in a helicopter crash. That’s what happens when you don’t drive a Prius.”
The tweet sparked outrage on social media, with many users calling for it to be removed. Twitter responded quickly, deleting the tweet and suspending the user’s account.
“We recognize that this tweet was distasteful and insensitive, and we apologize for any distress it may have caused,” said a Twitter spokesperson. “We want to ensure that our platform is a respectful space for all users, and we will not tolerate hate speech of any kind.”
The user who posted the tweet has yet to comment on the matter, but it’s clear that their message was not received well. It’s never appropriate to make light of such a tragedy, especially when remembering the victims who lost their lives in such a horrific accident.
We can only hope that people will remember the victims of this tragedy with respect and dignity, and that we can all learn from this incident that jokes about death are never appropriate.
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