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Malaysia Airlines Crash: Jason Biggs Bashed for Joke Tweet

UPDATED: The "American Pie" alum, now starring in "Orange Is the New Black," was defending a comment he made shortly after Flight MH17 went down over Ukraine.

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When a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people went down over Ukraine on Thursday, it marked the second tragedy involving the airline in just a few months.

In March, another Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. That plane still has not been found.

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In light of these incidents, American Pie star Jason Biggs, now appearing in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, took to Twitter to make the following joke about the airline, and soon found himself on the receiving end of several hate-filled tweets.

Biggs tried to clarify his feelings about the crash, also tweeting the following:

But the damage had been done. Users condemned his remarks and Biggs went on a bit of a Twitter rant defending himself.

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“Hey all you ‘too soon’ assholes- it’s a f—ing joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all,” he wrote.

He also tweeted the following:

And he condemned TMZ for associating him with the crash.

He also retweeted some users who defended his comments, including one praising his ability to keep a sense of humor amidst tragedy and one wondering why people are upset since he “didn’t joke about the deaths,” he “joked about not wanting to fly on that airline.”

Thursday evening, Biggs issued an apology in a series of tweets:

Netflix declined to comment on Biggs’ tweets. Biggs’ rep has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter’s request for comment.