Jason Biggs’ Malaysia Airlines Joke Sparks Social Media Backlash

The “Orange Is the New Black” star sarcastically asked “anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” before engaging in a full-fledged rant

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Jason Biggs is the center of attention for all the wrong reasons in the wake of Malaysia Airlines’ latest disaster.

The “Orange Is the New Black” star tweeted out a frequent flier miles joke Thursday, just 65 minutes after the airline announced it had lost contact with Flight MH17, a Boeing 777 carrying 295 people.

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Biggs asked:

Outrage was immediate. One person responded:

Others said:







Biggs followed that up with:

Instead of apologizing for his original joke, the 36-year-old actor seemingly doubled down and tweeted:





After that Biggs seemed content to retweet words of support from those of his 440,000 followers who thought his joke was appropriate.

Biggs, who has stirred the Twitter pot many times before with controversial jokes about every subject from Juan Pablo Galavis of “The Bachelor” to Paul Ryan’s wife’s bleaching habits, has not yet apologized for or retracted his comments.

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Netflix, “Orange Is the New Black’s’” exclusive distributor, and Lionsgate, the show’s production company, have both declined to comment on Biggs’ tweets.

The Malaysia Airline flight, which was traveling from Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur, was reportedly shot down over Eastern Ukraine.