Jared Padalecki, LeVar Burton Under Fire for Phillip Seymour Hoffman Tweets
Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki is one of two stars being slammed for tweets following the death of Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
The Capote actor — who struggled with drug addiction for decades — was found dead in his West Village apartment early Sunday morning, with a hypodermic needle stuck in his left arm and bags of heroin strew around his home. He is survived by a wife and three children.
Upon learning of Hoffman’s passing, Padalecki sent out a tweet that sent shockwaves through the Twitterverse.
“Sad isn’t the word I’d use to describe a 46-year-old man throwing his life away to drugs. Senseless is more like it. Stupid.”
The social media blunder was eventually removed, but Padalecki felt the need to defend himself soon.
“I didn’t mean PSH is stupid or that addiction isn’t a reality. I simply meant I have a different definition of tragedy…When I think ‘tragedy,’ I think of St Judes, of genocide, of articles I read in the paper. But, yes, either way, a death, is sad.”
Padalecki wasn’t the only star, with a controversial two cents to add about Hoffman. LeVar Burton, whose acting credits include Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow, remarked:
“Damn, #PSH was SO talented! However, if Y’all should find me dead with a needle in my arm, in my underwear…Please put my pants on!”
When one of Burton’s Twitter followers chastised the star, 56-year-old Burton was unapologetic, responding with:
“Not cool is shooting up when you got kids . . . #areyoukiddingme.”