Freelance Writer Gets Tons of Twitter Backlash for Tasteless Ariana Grande Jokes


Much of Twitter was in a stunned state of mourning as news spread about the terrorist attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert that left at least 19 dead in Manchester, England late Monday night.

One user, however, figured the time was right for mockery–even as the horrific situation was still unfolding and the extent of the violence not yet clear.

Freelance “reporter” David Leavitt tweeted the following just as the news broke:

The site’s users swiftly took Leavitt to task:

Many brought up “the ratio”–a Twitter phenomenon whereby bad tweets suggest just how soon a user should delete their account based upon the ratio of replies to likes and retweets:

Others questioned CBS’ decision to hire someone of Leavitt’s ethical calibre, prompting the network to issue the following clarification via Twitter:

Other organizations in Leavitt’s bio that he claimed to have written for were quick to disown him:

Anthony Bourdain probably summed up the mood best:

Leavitt continued to joke about the incident before eventually deleting the original tweet and apologizing:

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