D.L. Hughley under fire for racial ‘joke’ about Debbie Reynolds’ death

Hughley Reynolds tweetAlleged comedian D.L. Hughley came under fire after posting a tasteless tweet in response to news that actress Debbie Reynolds died shortly after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, USA Today reported Thursday.

“Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter did,” Hughley tweeted. “Black Mama’s (sic) don’t die cuz they kids do! They cry and say God don’t make no mistakes!”

He immediately found himself getting slammed from all directions.

Hughley responded:

BizPac Review observed:

Even African-Americans were disgusted by Hughley’s race-baiting.

Some African-Americans were furious that Hughley implied that black moms are callous when their children die because they’re less caring.

Others were confused about whether DL Hughley’s tweet was more offensive to white women, black women, the Reynolds/Fisher family, or to all moms.

Either way, the consensus was that his “joke” was not funny. At all.

But Hughley stands by his tasteless tweet.

USA Today said Hughley wasn’t the only one to come under fire for tweets about Fisher:

Hughley isn’t the only party to come under fire for his tweets. Cinnabon was also lambasted after posting a Carrie Fisher homage that many users found tone-deaf. “RIP Carrie Fisher,” they wrote in a since-deleted tweet, featuring a cinnamon Princess Leia with a Cinnabon roll as her hair. “You’ll always have the best buns in the galaxy.”

“Our deleted tweet was genuinely meant as a tribute,” the brand later wrote, ‘but we shouldn’t have posted it. We are truly sorry.”

Charlie Sheen, as we noted here and here, also came under fire for his tweet asking God to kill Trump in the wake of Reynolds’ death.

BizPac Review’s Samantha Chang observed: “All this just proves over and over again the adage that ‘money can’t buy you class.'”


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