Actor Jason Bigs jokingly asked his roughly 440,000 Twitter followers on Thursday if they were interested in buying his “Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles” shortly after one of the airline’s 777 jetliners — Flight MH17 — went down in Ukraine.

Biggs was met with outrage from people who claimed he made the joke “too soon” after the tragedy, but the actor was immediately defiant and defended his right to tell an edgy joke.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: Actor Jason Biggs speaks at the 'Word For Word' author event with Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen on June 18, 2014 in New York, United States. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 18: Actor Jason Biggs speaks at the ‘Word For Word’ author event with Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen on June 18, 2014 in New York, United States. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Obviously, Malaysia Airlines has been in the headlines lately as one of its planes remains missing and now another jetliner carrying 295 people was reportedly shot down on Thursday. That’s the context behind Biggs’ joke.

“Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” he joked.

When he started catching heat for the joke, Biggs lashed out at his critics.

“Hey all you ‘too soon’ a**holes- it’s a f***ing joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all,” he wrote.

“The idea that I wouldnt have any empathy 4 the victims or their families because I make a joke is absolutely ridiculous. U know that, right?” Biggs tweeted, adding “Truly- you losers are literally trying to find s**t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere.”

UPDATE: Biggs deleted his tweets and apologized for his “ill-timed” tweets on Thursday after being defiant at first.