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Comedian slammed for posting tweets to get Sarah Palin killed

October 27, 2011 - Washington

Critics have slammed funny man Orlando Jones for crossing the line when he tweeted that liberals should "Kill Sarah Palin."

The comedian posted his views on his Twitter account after the death of Muammar Gaddafi.

"Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha and kill Sarah Palin," he wrote.

Many did not take the actor's post lightly and posted theirs in retort, saying that it was not funny to ask for the former governor of Alaska to be killed.

Jones, 43, then took to his Facebook account to explain himself, Fox News reported.

"My job as an artist is to hold up a mirror to society. I do not decide how people feel or react to that. My tweet hit a nerve. That's good. The fact that is has taken precedent over the serious issues that face us is not good. That's media outlets vying for attention and ad dollars."

"Was it my best line? No. It would be great if those individuals who are genuinely outraged redirected that energy toward the greater good. Any anger directed at me and my right to free speech is an absolute waste of time. I am not a statesman. My comments reflect no political affiliation. It's just me being me, in a world that will never comfortably mix political correctness with artistic expression. For that, I offer no apologies, excuses or wisdom," he wrote.


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