The world was disheartened at the shocking news of Carrie Fisher’s passing from a massive heart attack. A day later, her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away from a reported stroke. While America was grieving from the news, one comedian thought it was the perfect time to deliver a poorly timed comedic joke. American reacted swiftly.
DL Hughley, a radio DJ and self-proclaimed “King of Comedy,” posted an insensitive tweet to Twitter where he made light of the two passing within days of each other. “Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter did! Black Mama’s don’t die cuz they kids do! They cry and say God don’t make no mistakes!”
The tweet implied Reynolds was weak because “Black Mama’s don’t die cuz they kids do.” Many were quick to point out his ignorance and distasteful joke.
One commenter tweeted the “King of Comedy” back saying, “As a human being you could have more compassion. As a father, you could have more heart. As a comedian, you should have a seat.”
Another pointed out the reality of the situation citing,” somehow you have managed to trivialize the death of two beloved phenoms and the pain of black mothers who lost their kids.”
After his Twitter was met with criticism and lack of compassion, Hughley had the audacity to say that it was all a joke and “comedy” is his specialty. He replied to comments stating, “Nah!! As a comedian I should say what I see”
But nobody was laughing. Many Americans grew up with these two iconic actresses in their lives, and when you make light of their deaths, you’re bound to get called out for your insensitive comments for just a few “laughs.”
To nobody’s surprise, Hughley has yet to apologize for his comments. Sometimes the say “too soon” really means too soon.