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Comedian in hot water for cracking jokes about conservatives getting coronavirus—again

Twitter wasn't laughing.

May 12, 2020, 1:16 pm*

Tech

Colleen Hagerty 

Colleen Hagerty

Twitter has deleted comedian Jena Friedman’s ill-received coronavirus joke that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tested positive for the virus.

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As seen in screenshots taken by other Twitter users, her tweet had more than 500 retweets and 1,500 likes before it was removed.

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The joke was widely panned by others on the platform, particularly for its framing as “breaking news” during a time when users are flooded with coronavirus updates.

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Friedman followed the tweet with a thread of messages acknowledging it as “fake news” and defending her coronavirus joke

She criticized journalists for “blindly retweet[ing] something as news” without checking the source and suggested anyone angered by the tweet redirect it towards social media platforms that allow “fake news to flourish.”

These defenses of her tweet did not go over well.

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The backlash to Freidman’s post was so severe that she wound up deleting all of her old tweets.

But perhaps she should have seen this coming, because this isn’t the first time Friedman has falsely posted a coronavirus joke about conservatives contracting the virus—a similar tweet about White House adviser Stephen Miller went viral in April.

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Twitter has pledged to crack down on fake and misleading information during the coronavirus pandemic.

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*First Published: May 12, 2020, 1:12 pm