“Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead is in hot water after making a political joke about the Oklahoma tornado.
In the midst of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy, the former “Daily Show” head writer joked that the deadly storm had political motivations. “This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives,” Winstead tweeted on Monday afternoon, according to the Daily Mail. The tweet has since been deleted.
Winstead’s tweet was an attempt to make light of the tornado by comparing it to the Obama administration’s ongoing IRS scandal, in which the organization is accused of targeting conservative Tea Party groups. However, when the scale of the Oklahoma tornado’s devastation came to light, Winstead was quick to apologize for the comment.
“Made a political joke, Twas before devastation revealed. In hindsight, had I understood, I would have refrained. Beyond sorry. #LetMeHaveIt,” Winstead wrote. “Worse thing is I am from MN! I know this!! Bad joke. Bad Timing. Just bad.”
Despite her initial misstep, the liberal writer wasn’t done commenting on the tornado. On Monday afternoon, Winstead tweeted: “How long has Obama known about this Tornado?”
After touching down in Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon, the massive tornado resulted in the widespread devastation of the surrounding countryside. Initial reports suggested that as many as 51 people had been killed, including 21 children, but the Associated Press has since revised that number to 24 deaths, including seven children.
As Twitter users lashed out at Winstead, the 51-year-old received a measure of support from an unlikely conservative counterpart. “Leave lizz winstead alone,” former Fox News commentator Glenn Beck tweeted on Monday night. “Clearly bad joke. How many of us has made a joke we wished we could take back? She has to feel awful.#castfirststone.”
This isn’t the first time a celebrity’s ill-advised tweets about a tragic storm have resulted in a controversy. In 2011, Gilbert Gottfried tweeted a controversial joke about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, writing, "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now.' Gottfried was subsequently fired from his role as the voice of the Aflac Duck.