Actor/Writer/Comedian Orlando Jones may find himself sh*tlisted behind airing his candid thoughts via Twitter. Last Friday, after ranting about Kanye West’s cameo appearance at Occupy Wall Street and the death of Muammar Gaddafi, Jones tweeted:
“Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin:(“
Apparently written in jest, many who received word of Jones’ statement were offended by his comments, and tweeted angrily in reply. Responding to one user, @th4p (Tennessee 4 Palin), who called the comedian’s statement violent, Jones wrote “I regret to inform you that jokes do not qualify as violent rhetoric. your angry reaction and response however, does(: keep smiling.” The Palin supporter brought up a point about inciting violence against another individual, comparing it with the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – but Jones’ maintained his stance saying, “Actually, I don’t think it’s just a joke is an apropo response. If my tweets are so upsetting to you please do not read them(:”
“Obama gets more death threats than any Pres in US history…sorry too real. Hey, Orlando Jones tweeted something inane about Palin! Get him!’ the comedian Tweeted. “My tweet was farcical not funny or a call to action. 100 bucks 2 the 1st person who can count the # of Palin jokes about killing Democrats(:” Jones added. Responding to another user who asked why the performer thought a death threat was funny, Jones answered, “I think it’s funny that you are so upset about my inane tweet.”
Reminiscent of the “Tea Party Zombies Must Die Game,” which actually allowed gamers to slaughter a host of ultra-conservative figures, including Sarah Palin, Jones’ meant for his words to be taken as a joke borne of frustration with current events. Even with our freedom of speech pretty much still in place, making comments that suggest taking someone out are still considered rather taboo.
Regardless, in response to self-described conservative user @Obamamamadingdo who interpreted his statement as advocating violence, Jones said: “Advocating? No. Demanding? Delusional. Poking fun @ liberals and getting a response obama mandingo… priceless(:”
Orlando Jones’ stands by his words, and is not backing down (for now, at least).