For the second time in five months, actor Rainn Wilson has tweeted a rape-related joke.
Only this time, he has pissed a lot of people off.
Monday night Wilson, who plays Dwight Schrute on The Office, tweeted the following message to his 2.8 million followers: “If I were ever date raped I would want it to be to ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin.
The actor tweeted an apology on Tuesday morning, calling the tweet “poorly conceived” and “not a good topic to joke about.”
Yet, despite the backlash, Wilson has gained about 500 followers since he tweeted the controversial message, according to statistics from ZoomSphere.
Wilson’s first rape-related tweet was on Sept. 11, 2011. “Rape is never funny. Unless it involves IBM’s ‘Watson’.”
Wilson should have followed the first half of that tweet more carefully.
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