Kolkata: Rupert Murdoch is at the receiving end again! Celebrities and netizens have taken on media baron Rupert Murdoch for his tweet congratulating one of his publications for its timely coverage of the Sydney terror attack.
‘AUST gets wake-call with Sydney terror. Only Daily Telegraph caught the bloody outcome at 2am. Congrats’ Murdoch tweeted, triggering outrage on Twitter.
Many of his 538,000 followers are upset because his first tweet after the Sydney siege had no message of sympathy for the hostages. British screen writer James Moran was one of the first to condemn the tweet.
“@RUpert Murdoch – ‘Congrats’ on being utterly awful. A new low,” he tweeted shortly after Murdoch.
Mark Skulley, an Australian journalist feels Murdoch should apologize for this tweet. “A nation is mourning and it’s not the time for bragging,” he wrote, succinctly capturing the sentiment of many.
Australian actress Melanie Vallejo trashed Murdoch’s tweet while comedian Adam Hills couldn’t believe the media moghul was actually boasting at a time of grief.
Jessica Rudd, daughter of former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd also expressed her discontent about Rupert’s insensitive remark. So did Anthony Callea, a pop singer, who called him a ‘sick’ man for making such a tweet.
Lindsay Webb, a comedian also expressed his disgust in his comment: “@rupertmurdoch wake up you greedy heartless old man. People lives were lost. Who gives a t*** your ‘reporters’ reported it. Serious, f*** ***.”
The public in general have also reacted with shock and horror. Some found it hard to believe that the tweet was posted in his real account. One user wrote: “Can you for a day take human life more seriously than a headline?”
This is not the first time Rupert has been slammed for being callous on the social media. A few months ago, he was similarly condemned for making a racist tweet about Africans. That tweet was in relation to the movie ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’.
“Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are,” he had then written.