Noah slammed for Oscar tweet

2013-02-15 14:53

Comedian Trevor Noah has received backlash from celebrities and fans for a tweet he posted, in which he takes a stab at Oscar Pistorius.

After news broke that Pistorius, a Paralymypic and Olympic athlete, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, yesterday morning at his home in Pretoria, Noah tweeted: “And the Oscar goes to – jail.”

Noah’s tweet has since been retweeted more than 2 000 times and he has received harsh criticism for his “insensitivity” for making light of an incident in which a young woman lost her life.

Pistorius was also the face of M-Net’s “28 Days of Oscar” campaign promoting their Academy Awards coverage, but the pay-TV channel has since yanked all promotional material featuring the athlete.

Top Billing presenter Janez Vermeiren was among the first to confront Noah for his tweet: “@Trevornoah c’mon you are more than talented and have enough followers, you don’t need to seek attention like this!”

Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe followed suit: “‘@Trevornoah: And the Oscar goes to - jail’ Sorry but that is so inappropriate right now. Yes it’s your job to be funny but did you have to?”

Offering a stern life lesson to Noah, Survivor SA presenter and actor Nico Panagio tweeted: “@trevornoah sometimes it is better to sacrifice the funny in favor (sic) of decency...”

Panagio also took time to retweet several followers’ tweets about the insensitive nature of the jokes that circulated online soon after news of Steenkamp’s death and Pistorius’ subsequent arrest broke.

Yet, despite the outcry against Noah, many have stood up in support of the comedian.

Well-known businesswoman Annie Malan included Trevor in her tweet, posting: “Dear @Trevornoah.Humour is one of the most healing ways to enjoy therapy. Never stop with your compassionate comedy. #laughterbestmedicine.”

The tweet has not yet been removed from Noah’s Twitter account, despite many people’s request that it be removed.

Noah has not addressed the response to his tweet as yet, only posting a tweet several hours later about President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address.

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