‘The Daily Show’ creator tweets offensive statement during deadly Oklahoma tornado
Lizz Winstead, who was a co-creator of “The Daily Show” back in 1996, took to Twitter yesterday an hour after the devastating mile-wide tornado touched down in an Oklahoma City suburb. Her message wasn’t one of compassion, but rather was aimed politically:
She was referring to the recent news story where the IRS targeted conservative groups. This, however, did not come across in the (soon deleted) tweet. Winstead is known for her far-left remarks and some might say overuse of the Twitter social medium, tweeting at times over 30 times a day. She later removed the tweet and apologized for her offensive remark, but the damage had already been done.
Made a political joke, Twas before devastation revealed. In hindsight, had I understood, I would have refrained. Beyond sorry. #LetMeHaveIt
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) May 20, 2013
The tornado leveled two elementary schools. The death toll was initially nearly 100 people though the AP is reporting it at 24 and rising.
As a left-leaning liberal myself, and a fan of “The Daily Show” since the late 1990s, it’s hard to reconcile Winstead’s actions with her politics. In times of major tragedy, such as the Oklahoma tornado, none of us are conservative or liberal, we are simply people looking out for other people. Winstead made a big mistake in politicizing a natural disaster.