A comedian has sparked outrage after joking about XXXTentacion’s death.
Comic Dina Hashem made light of the tragedy during an episode of Comedy Central’s “This Week at the Comedy Cellar.” The distasteful joke was highlighted in a promo clip, which was posted by the network on social media.
“Is anyone still mourning XXXTentacion? Still thinking about him. He’s a rapper who was murdered. He’s dead now,” said Hashem. “He was shot, he was on his way to buy a car with $50,000 in cash and somebody shot him and took the money.”
She continued, “Which is very tragic, but I think also it would be a very good Venmo commercial. That’s the first thing I thought when I heard that. Like, ‘I don’t have Venmo, I should get Venmo.'”
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Comedy Central has since deleted the video from Twitter, but not before X’s friends and fans made their distaste loud and clear. “Y’all Take A Look At This Clown,” tweeted Ski Mask The Slump God.
Following the backlash, Hashem issued an apology on Instagram and said that the “joke” was cut from the show. She also turned her Twitter account private in response to outraged X fans.
“I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, that’s never what I want,” she wrote. “I’m a comic and use jokes to try and make dark topics less painful but I realize not everyone feels that way, and I don’t want anyone to feel badly. It was taken down and won’t air on TV.”
Meanwhile, X’s legacy lives on. On Friday, his estate released “Royalty” featuring KyKy-Mani Marley, Vybz Kartel, and Stefflon Don, which serves as the first single off his posthumous album Bad Vibes Forever.