Jason Biggs is learning the hard way that his social media footprint carries a lot of weight. The Orange Is the New Black star is still apologizing for his ill-timed tweet regarding the Malaysia Airlines plane crash.
On Monday’s episode of The View, the guest host said, “There was one line, an old adage, ‘Never attribute to malice that which is explained by stupidity.’ I certainly meant no harm; there was no malice, but I was stupid. It was poorly timed. I’ve always tried to find the humor in situations… it’s a knee-jerk reaction for me, it’s how I cope.”
The public relations debacle began last Thursday when the star tweeted out, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles” just after the airliner was shot down over the Ukraine.
The reactions on the social media site were immediate, with his followers calling Biggs out on his insensitivity to the 298 people on board who were killed. Instead of apologizing for his initial tweet, the American Pie star shot back with, “Hey all you ‘too soon’ a**holes – it’s a f***ing joke.”
Although he eventually corrected his mistake by apologizing to his fans and the families of the victims, the damage was done. He explained to Jenny McCarthy on the daytime talk show that he didn’t realize “the extent and magnitude of what had happened.”
He summed up to the ladies on the show, “I have nothing but sympathy for the victims and their families. I’ve learned my lesson and would like to move on.”
Let’s hope Biggs thinks before he types next time.