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Entertainment Walmart apologizes for 'inappropriate' joke about 'Fast and the Furious' actor Paul Walker

15:20  17 january  2020
15:20  17 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Walmart is apologizing after the company came under fire on Thursday when its Twitter account seemingly made a joke about the late actor Paul Walker The tweet quickly drew backlash online, as several users found the remark insensitive in light of the way the Fast and the Furious star died.

Walmart is getting blasted for a now-deleted tweet that seems to make fun of late ' Fast and the Furious ' actor Paul Walker . • People are blasting Walmart for a tweet that has been interpreted as insensitive. • In response to a gif showing a driver speeding through traffic, Walmart tweeted, "Hey

Social media users are furious with Walmart over an "inappropriate" tweet about actor Paul Walker.  

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On Tuesday, Twitter user @Iamlaurenmiles shared a story about Walmart selling Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with strawberry and cream-flavored icing. She added a GIF of a car wildly speeding through traffic, writing, "me racin to the nearest Wally World."

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Walmart 's learning a valuable lesson about making Paul Walker jokes on Twitter -- context is key. The Walmart employee was likely trying to make a " Fast & Furious " reference but it's backfired big time. We did some digging, and the same line was actually used in an episode of "Workaholics."

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In response, Walmart tweeted, "Hey, Paul Walker. Click it, or ticket." The company has since deleted the tweet, but not before it was widely re-shared across social media.

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The apparent joke was instantly slammed online as insensitive and tone-deaf since "The Fast and the Furious" star died in a car crash in 2013 at age 40. 

"um paul walker died in a car crash and the gif is someone speeding carelessly. for walmart to make that joke was just..." @dwylie02 tweeted. User @tkb1886 added, "Paul Walker is an actor from Fast & Furious who actually died in a car accident so their joke seemed pretty inappropriate."

a screenshot of a cell phone: A tweet from Walmart’s official Twitter account about Paul Walker has sparked some backlash after the company tweeted, “Hey, Paul Walker. Click it, or ticket,” in response to a GIF of an aggressive driver “racin to the nearest Wally World” for a new product. © Walmart A tweet from Walmart’s official Twitter account about Paul Walker has sparked some backlash after the company tweeted, “Hey, Paul Walker. Click it, or ticket,” in response to a GIF of an aggressive driver “racin to the nearest Wally World” for a new product.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Walmart acknowledged that the tweet about Walker was "posted in poor judgement," adding that it "has been removed."

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Walmart 's response tweet was likely a reference to a line from the Comedy Central show "Workaholics," or a reference to actor Paul Walker 's character from the " Fast and the Furious " franchise. However, some Twitter users found the tweet insensitive, as Walker was killed in a car

Walmart received backlash from Paul Walker fans Thursday after its official Twitter account made an insensitive joke referencing the late actor . Click it, or ticket" with a police siren emoji. Fans found the tweet to be massively insensitive since the late " Fast & Furious " actor died as a passenger in a traffic

"We apologize to Paul Walker’s family, friends and fans," Walmart said Thursday in a statement provided by Corporate Communications Senior Manager Tara Aston.

Walmart appeared to be quoting a 2011 episode of "Workoholics," where actor Adam DeVine used same exact line, but the company didn't provide any context with the tweet.  

User @dansbadtweets tweeted: "WalMart referencing a Workaholics line from 2011 (that was from an episode that aired before Paul Walker died) 7 years after Walker died and the line would be in poor taste is just another reason to not encourage the brands."

USA TODAY reached out to reps for Walker and his co-star Vin Diesel for comment.

Walker was a passenger in a friend's car when it crashed in Santa Clarita, Calif. in November 2013, killing Walker and the driver. At the time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told AP that speed was a factor in the crash.

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Walmart is apologizing after the company came under fire on Thursday when its Twitter account seemingly made a joke about the late actor Paul Walker The tweet quickly drew backlash online, as several users found the remark insensitive in light of the way the Fast and the Furious star died.

Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 -- November 30, 2013) was an American actor . He became famous in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues, but later garnered fame as Brian O'Connor in The Fast and the Furious film series. His other films include Eight Below, Into the Blue

The California native starred in the "Fast and Furious" movies as Brian O'Conner opposite Diesel. He was killed during the filming of "Furious 7." 

Contributing: Brian Truitt

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