Cape Town - Comedian Trevor Noah has received backlash from celebrities and fans for a tweet he posted, in which he takes a stab at Oscar Pistorius, reports Volksblad.
After news broke that Oscar, a Paralymypic and Olympic athlete, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Thursday at his home in Silver Woods, Pretoria, Trevor took to his Twitter:
Trevor's tweet has since been retweeted more than 2 000 times and he has received harsh criticism for his "insensitivity" for making light of an incident in which a young woman lost her life.
And the Oscar goes to - jail— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 14, 2013
Oscar was also the face of M-Net's "28 Days of Oscar" campaign promoting their Academy Awards coverage, but the pay-TV channel has since yanked all promotional material featuring the athlete.
Top Billing presenter Janez Vermeiren was among the first to confront Trevor for his tweet:
Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe followed suit:
@trevornoah c'mon you are more than talented and have enough followers, you don't need to seek attention like this!— Janez Vermeiren (@Janez_Vermeiren) February 14, 2013
Offering a stern life lesson to Trevor, Survivor SA presenter and actor Nico Panagio tweeted"
"@trevornoah: And the Oscar goes to - jail" Sorry but that is so inappropriate right now. Yes it's your job to be funny but did you have to?— Katlego Maboe (@KatlegoMaboe) February 14, 2013
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Yet, despite the outcry against Trevor, many have stood up in support of the comedian.
Well-known business woman Annie Malan included Trevor in her tweet, posting:
Noah has not addressed the response to his tweet as yet, only posting a tweet several hours later about President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.