…And Here Come The Not-Right Tweets About Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

February 3, 2014 / Posted by:

After the news broke that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died of a heroin overdose, I said a little prayer at my Sandy Lyle shrine and took a nap in my Boogie Nights sleeping bag, because I knew I’d need a lot of strength to get through the downpour of celebrity tweets that were about to follow. Usually after a celebrity death, everyone and their dog has something to say, and the worst, most insincere examples of online grieving come from the d-list roaches, so I needed to psych myself up before I read something like:

@LindsayLohan: OMG my best friend Philip Stephen Huffman died and I, like, have SO many tears right now #PSH #sobbing #funeralinvite?

However I guess Kris Jenner was busy making Sunday supper for Beelzebub, because the worst offenders came from an unlikely place. First up was Dean from Gilmore Girls (aka Jared Padalecki) who tweeted this touching tribute to the late, great actor:


Thanks Dean. Not the worst tweet about PSH’s death (we’ll get to that in a second) but still pretty insensitive. Jared clearly agreed, because shortly after he applied for a membership to the Delete That Tweet club and tried to fix what he broke through more tweets (never a good idea):

At least he made an effort to clear things up –  even though he still sounds like an asshole. And if Jared Padalecki is the asshole, then LeVar Burton is the angry, sore, Preparation H-resistant hemorrhoid. Yes, that LeVar Burton; if you don’t want to have all your childhood PBS memories crushed to a million pieces, you better stop reading and go back to watching post-game Puppy Bowl interviews, because the following tweets (yes, there’s more than one) are about to shatter ya dayum soul:

LeVar NOOOOOOOO! It sucks that he died by way of his own poor choices, but he’s still dead. Twitter is not the place and this isn’t the time for you to spit hot truth. Jesus, LeVar, before I tweet anything, I always think “Will this make me sound like a dick?” and if the answer is yes, I delete it – and I’m just a dummy who’s followers are a handful of spam bots, not 1.8 million real-life people.

And let’s hope the irony won’t be lost on LeVar if his life takes a turn into the Twilight Zone. Cut to LeVar Burton at the doctor’s office in 2024, sitting in his underwear as his doctor is sticking a needle in his arm and going “Shit, my absent-minded nurse mixed up your vaccination with a deadly virus. It’s too bad you’re about to die in your underwear with a needle sticking out of your arm.”

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