The world lost a great talent on Feb. 2 when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of a heroin overdose in his Manhattan apartment. Most of Hollywood took to Twitter to mourn him, but two of Philip’s fellow thespians used social media to publicly bash his death.
On Feb. 2, Jared Padalecki and Levar Burton learned the hard way that it’s always good to think before you tweet. While the rest of the world was busy mourning Philip Seymour Hoffman — and celebrating his esteemed career — on Twitter, Jared and Levar used the platform to diss him.
Jared Padalecki & Levar Burton Diss Philip Seymour Hoffman
Wow. They say you shouldn’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes — or call a person’s death “stupid” hours after it occured — but it looks like Jared and Levar were absent during sensitivity day at school.
Jared caught a lot of heat for a Tweet he posted immediately following Philip’s tragic death, saying “Sad’ isn’t a word I’d use to describe a 46 year old man throwing his life away to drugs. ‘Senseless’ is more like it. ‘Stupid.'” The Supernatural actor later deleted the Tweet after his remarks drew the ire of the entire Internet, but he still wouldn’t take back what he said. “I didnt mean PSH is stupid or that addiction isnt a reality. I simply meant I have a different definition of “tragedy,” he added.
Levar, the former host of Reading Rainbow, seemed to share Jared’s sentiments. “Not cool is shooting up when you got kids…,” he wrote, clearly forgetting about the fact that heroin addiction is a devastating illness, and you probably shouldn’t insult those who have suffered greatly from it. Still, like Jared, Levar refused to take back what he said.
I didnt mean PSH is stupid or that addiction isnt a reality. I simply meant I have a different definition of “tragedy”.
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) February 2, 2014
When I think “tragedy”, I think of St Judes, of genocide, of articles I read in the paper. But, yes, either way, a death, is sad. — Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) February 2, 2014
No matter how you slice it, PSH wasted a great gift! Lash out at me if you want to… I ain’t goin’ out like that! — LeVar Burton (@levarburton) February 3, 2014
What do you think of Jared and Levar’s comments, HollywoodLifers? Did they go too far, or were they justified?
— Shannon Miller