Amy Schumer’s ex-boyfriend and aspiring comedian Anthony Jeselnik took to Twitter on Friday, moments after the Paris attacks, to take full advantage of the media frenzy.
At the time of his tweet, between 30-60 people had been reported dead, with a further 100 hostages being held at the Bataclan theater where the Eagles of Death Metal were scheduled to play.
In true shock humour style, Jeselnik tweeted:
BYPASS THE CENSORS
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“Speaking of tragedies, everyone should check out John Mulaney’s brand new Netflix special, The Comeback Kid.”
Speaking of tragedies, everyone should check out John Mulaney’s brand new Netflix special, The Comeback Kid.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) November 13, 2015
The response was mostly of disappointment from fans, who expressed apathy at his obvious attempt to garner more social media followers on the back of an unfolding tragedy.
@anthonyjeselnik That’s all you got? I’m not the slightest bit offended. You’ve gone soft.
— Mike Boccuzzi (@MikeyALLnight) November 13, 2015
@anthonyjeselnik Anthony I expected better of you….that was a weak joke for such an occasion you can do better
— GarethSpecialness (@gazleedslad) November 13, 2015
Fans tell Anthony Jeselnik that his joke was weak and that he could do better.
@anthonyjeselnik inspiring stuff. You’ve really made the most of your 15 minutes of mediocrity
— Patrick Graham (@patgrahamhaha) November 13, 2015
Jeselnik is no stranger to controversy. Back in 2013, moments after the Boston marathon bombing had occurred, Jeselnik rushed to Twitter to similarly joke, “There are some lines that just shouldn’t be crossed today. Especially the finish line.”
Shortly before cancelling his show, TV network Comedy Central forced Anthony to delete the controversial joke amid a furious public backlash, with fans calling on the network to fire him using the #firejeselnik hashtag.
Anthony has since gone on the record saying he deeply regrets censoring himself for the benefit of his short-lived TV career.
It looks like the Thoughts and Prayers Netflix comedian is hoping to break into the mainstream, following in the foosteps of ex-girlfriend Amy Schumer. But is this tweet enough to get him noticed?
Let us know what you think by sounding off in the comments section below.