Published: Sat, January 18, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Walmart Twitter gets a thrashing after insensitive Paul Walker joke

Walmart Twitter gets a thrashing after insensitive Paul Walker joke

Walmart is reportedly apologizing for a tweet that appears to reference actor Paul Walker's death.

According to Page Six, the controversial one-liner was posted on a Twitter user's comment who seemed immensely stoked about getting his hands on the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls with pink strawberry-and-cream icing that Walmart had on offer. The tweet had an accompanying gif of a auto racing through traffic.

Someone who manages the Walmart Twitter account responded to the post: "Hi, Paul Walker".

A Walmart spokesperson said in a statement to Today: "We apologize to Paul Walker's family, friends and fans". "The tweet used to be posted in wretched judgment and has been eliminated".

User @dansbadtweets tweeted: "WalMart referencing a Workaholics line from 2011 (that was from an episode that aired before Paul Walker died) 7 years after Walker died and the line would be in poor taste is just another reason to not encourage the brands". "The tweet was placed in poor judgment and has been evacuated", the company said in a comment. Walmart deleted the tweet.

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The collection was making a transparent reference to "The Quick and the Livid" franchise, which he starred in till his loss of life in a automotive crash in November 2013.

But some Twitter users criticized the superstore for the response, saying it was an insensitive reference to Walker, the "Fast and the Furious" actor who died in a auto accident in 2013.

Others pointed out that "Hey, Paul Walker".

Many thought the joke was tone-deaf and Walmart rapidly deleted it, however many have seen it and the backlash continued. "He literally cried talking about him".

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