The entertainment news outlet live tweeted the premiere of ABC’s new series Thursday night, but one comment outraged several users and was subsquently deleted.
Referring to star Davis, People‘s account tweeted, “Waiting for Viola to break into “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” #HowToGetAwayWithMurder,” according to Jezebel‘s screen grab of the since-deleted tweet.
That quote was said by Davis’ character in The Help.
Early Friday morning, People apologized for that comment, posting the below tweet:
Apologies for the earlier tweet. We love HTGAWM & The Help, where that quote was from. But it was stupid & insensitive. Won’t happen again.
— People magazine (@peoplemag) September 26, 2014
People also posted what many users regarded as an offensive tweet about Kerry Washington‘s hair during Scandal: “Olivia’s back to straight hair so you KNOW she means business. #Scandal,” according to Jezebel, which posted about that tweet before it was quickly deleted.
When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, a People spokesperson said, “People’s editorial director, Jess Cagle, and senior editorial management were embarrassed and upset by the tweets. They were immediately deleted and an apology was tweeted.”
Reps for ABC and Davis declined to comment, while Washington’s rep has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment.