Liberal comedian and author D.L. Hughley, who earlier this year accused Fox News of ignoring racism, blew up Twitter Wednesday with a comment about Debbie Reynolds' death just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, succumbed to a heart attack.
Many have said they believe Reynolds, 84, passed away because of a broken heart. In fact, the "Singin' in the Rain" star reportedly uttered these words just before her death: "I miss her so much. I want to be with Carrie."
Reynolds, whose health had been declining, suffered a stroke Wednesday night shortly before passing.
While the world was mourning the tragic deaths of the two Hollywood icons, Hughley thought it appropriate to make a political statement that left pretty much everyone perturbed.
"Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter did! Black Mama's [sic] don't die cuz they kids do!They cry and say God don't make no mistakes!" the comedian tweeted.
Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter did! Black Mama's don't die cuz they kids do!They cry and say God don't make no mistakes!— DL Hughley (@DL Hughley) 1482989517.0
Many of Hughley's fellow Twitter users were quick to respond to his incendiary comment, some criticizing him for the insensitivity toward the tragic deaths of Fisher and Reynolds and others for his dismissal of the pain black mothers experience when their children die.
@RealDLHughley somehow you have managed to trivialize the death of two beloved phenoms and the pain of black mothers who lost their kids.— Chekhov's Murder Hornets (@Chekhov's Murder Hornets) 1482991878.0
@RealDLHughley Fixed it for you, fam. https://t.co/a3r2b3XmtS— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez) 1482992107.0
@ErickFernandez I'm sick of this strong black woman trope. We suffer great pain over a loss, too.— Linda Mitchell (@Linda Mitchell) 1482994200.0
In what universe did @RealDLHughley believe he was witty, clever or funny in his insensitive tweet about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds?— Ron Clements (@Ron Clements) 1483000602.0
One Twitter user called on Hughley to have more "compassion," which sparked a response from Hughley, who rejected the suggestion and instead said he should just say whatever he thinks:
@JudithBenezra Nah!! As a comedian I should say what I see— DL Hughley (@DL Hughley) 1483005307.0
Hughley's remark follows a year of increased tension between the law enforcement and black communities in the United States, with several police-related shootings making headlines over the past 12 months.
As for Fisher's death, the Hughley was not the only one to draw criticism for his tweet about the iconic "Star Wars" actor's untimely death. Cinnabon was also slammed for a since-deleted tweet memorializing the "Princess Leia" star.