Recently, a professor at California State University, Fresno cheered the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush who passed away at her Houston home on Tuesday, after refusing continued treatment.
On social media, the professor called the former First Lady an “amazing racist” and later said she was glad “the witch is dead.” The comments provoked a huge reaction and the university has opened an investigation into the professor.
But, the professor is not the only one receiving backlash for insensitive tweets about the former first lady.
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” writer Jen Spyra is fending off criticisms for a tweet she posted about Bush.
“RIP Barbara Bush, the only woman who was 92 for 30 years,” Spyra said, per Fox News.
RIP Barbara Bush, the only woman who was 92 for 30 years.
— Jen Spyra (@jenspyra) April 18, 2018
The comment sparked quite a reaction from those online, Fox News reports:
Spyra quickly garnered a negative reaction for the tweet from her followers.
“Wow! That is incredibly insensitive and rude,” one user wrote.
“Quite sickening!” another one said.
One person chimed in, “This is the tolerance and acceptance we hear so much about on the left. Way to lift up your fellow women.”
“A family just lost a love one and you have jokes about said person…let alone a joke that’s not funny. Then again, neither is Colbert!” a user tweeted.
Why is it so difficult for a leftie to act like a human being? I think you meant to send condolences to the family&friends of Barbara Bush for the loss of their beloved wife,mother,grandmother and friend. There, now the next time an exemplary American dies, you know what to say.
— Loyal Patriot (@MsAmerican2017) April 18, 2018
Way to be progressive. Wonder why Trump won, because of people like you.
— Luke Kicklighter (@lkicklighter) April 18, 2018
@colbertlateshow do you condone “jokes” such as this?
— (jack is a great Mother)s Day (@Jack_Belden56) April 18, 2018
Wow! How hateful!
— Dolly (@Champenoise46) April 18, 2018
This is the tolerance and acceptance we hear so much about on the left. Way to lift up your fellow women. Let them know it’s not ok if they don’t age well. So glad we have people like you around to let us know how morally bankrupt we are. 🤪
— American Robot (@TheRealJeepin2k) April 18, 2018
Not sure how that is funny. She started to gray while her child was going through cancer treatments.
— 🇺🇸BigSkyUSA25 (@bigskyusa25) April 18, 2018
This is an awful thing to say. Imagine how triggered this lady would be if somebody made a joke about Michelle Obama right after she died. But, since Mrs. Bush was Conservative it’s okay, right?
— Balake (@TheBalake96) April 18, 2018
Show some class.
— Denny Scanlon (@DennyScanlon) April 19, 2018
FYI: Sometimes it’s better not to _try_ to be funny. Sometimes saying nothing is better.
— Anne Choat (@annie7265) April 18, 2018
What a rotten thing to say.
— Krissy Beals (@KBeals7) April 18, 2018
She had cancer treatments and her hair grayed; she did not dye it in tribute to her daughter she lost to leukemia. I hope this makes you feel smaller…
— Melissa spindler (@melissaspin08) April 18, 2018
So it’s okay to make fun of a woman’s appearance? Or is that only towards recently deceased or just women you don’t agree with in general? It’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing rules.
— Pete Athens (@athynz1) April 18, 2018
And, as Fox News reports, this is not the first time a similar situation involving the network has occurred:
It’s not the first time a CBS employee has raised eyebrows on social media.
Top CBS lawyer Hayley Geftman-Gold was axed in October 2017 after she said she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican.”
Geftman-Gold later issued an apology, but it was too late. CBS told Fox News at the time that the network let her go because she “violated the standards of our company.”