Filmmaker Joss Whedon is known more for his creative movies, but fans that follow him on Twitter were treated to a pretty offensive joke he posted about President Donald Trump.
He has since deleted the tweet, but many caught screenshots of it:
The post showed a picture of Speaker Paul Ryan welcoming some young women to the U.S. Capitol, with Whedon's snarky caption, "Tonight on White House Wife Hunt, Donny makes host P. Ryan give 2 more contestants the 'Not a 10' card." He appeared to be making a reference to Trump's prior career as a reality television host and producer.
But unfortunately for Whedon, he either didn't investigate what the picture really was about, or he didn't care. According to the original posting of the photo from Ryan, the young women are cancer survivors.
"Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer," he posted on his official account.
Whedon was immediately and brutally skewered on Twitter for the offensive joke that appeared to imply sexual relations between President Trump and the teenage cancer survivors.
Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight aga… https://t.co/tOHvyX0Ccr— Paul Ryan (@Paul Ryan) 1493329430.0
Here's some of the less bleep-worthy reaction:
So the joke is about...Paul Ryan having sex with 15 year old cancer survivors? Not even sure what he was going for here
— Woko Haram (@wokieleaks1) April 28, 2017
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) April 27, 2017
This is @joss.
Joss is a progressive.
Joss hates Trump so much he trashed kids with cancer.
Joss is a jackass.
Don't be Joss. pic.twitter.com/fprrfLzSM3
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) April 28, 2017
oh my god I didn't even notice Joss Whedon's avatar is that Fearless Girl statue as he mocks young cancer survivors. smooth— RINO Pundit (@RINO Pundit) 1493337849.0
Joss, in this tweet, is making fun of teens who have battled pediatric cancer. There's truly a special place in hel… https://t.co/dKoo3C2Uvj— Nick Short (@Nick Short) 1493336826.0
@joss Only you could turn a meeting with young cancer survivors into a meme, you despicable human being
— Charlie Nash (@MrNashington) April 27, 2017
That time Joss Whedon attacked female teenage cancer survivors and journalists said "Yeah not rushing toward that fire either."— Stephen L. Miller (@Stephen L. Miller) 1493334987.0
Whedon eventually responded to the criticism and deleted the tweet, posting this as an explanation:
So I tweeted something that inadvertently offended everyone except the people I was trying to offend. I'm sorry. I'll be quiet for a bit.— Joss Whedon (@Joss Whedon) 1493349140.0
[Editor's Note: This article has been updated with Whedon's response since publication.]