With people around the world on the edge of their seats watching the mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, many felt it was not the right time to make jokes about their situation.
Actor-comedian Michael Rapaport learned that Monday after he posted a joke on Twitter:
I haven’t seen someone try to get a Thai boy out of a hole this frantically since I walked in on Kevin Spacey in the men’s room at Chuckie Cheese.
Anonymous Comedian 7/9/2018
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) July 9, 2018
Although the joke brought an immediate backlash on social media, Rapaport did not delete the tweet. And he did not respond, at least publicly, to his critics:
Imagine if it was your child involved you flogger 🥊
— BarstoolAussie🇦🇺 (@AussieBarstool) July 10, 2018
Are you going to crack a joke about the hero that died trying to save them too?
— paul (@cobraheadtoe) July 9, 2018
Wack. At least let the kids get saved first. Wow anonymous.
— Brian Vaxter (@BVAX) July 9, 2018