Now that CNN is entertaining theories of black holes and “zombie planes” in its coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, it’s almost too much to hope for some dignity for the 239 people on board and their families.

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” took exception to a Photoshop making the rounds and took the occasion to send her blessings and prayers to the families.

I need to address the picture that is on the internet of Gilligan, the Skipper, and the Professor, on the beach with a busted radio and the missing Malaysia plane behind them. While I understand the connection that we (castaways) disappeared without a trace and no one could find us, I know as well as you, our show was fictional and all in fun. The loss of flight 370 is not fiction nor funny. The picture circulating is very painful for those connected in any degree to the loss of flight 370. I cannot control what is on the internet, it’s out there. But, I can, and do, send my deepest sympathy to all those who are suffering from the loss of loved ones from this event. Blessings and prayers to those having to go through such a personal and painful experience.

Well said. Take note, CNN.

  • waltermitty2012

    Well said! Eventually the reason why the flight was lost will be identified. Though I’m a little surprised that the Syfy channel hasn’t come out with a movie by now.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      With all the airplane coverage, I’m surprised Syfy hasn’t been rerunning The Langoliers non-stop.

      • yourmamatoo

        That was bizarre. But a pretty good movie.

        • Norm McDonald

          And a scary book…

          • Tman95

            The book was waaay better than the movie.

        • John Bibb

          HI YMT–Comrade Obama (PBUH!) and His Regime are doing the LANGOLIERS rerun on our economy, Country, and society as we type! CRUNCH!!! This may hurt a tad.

    • DrSamHerman

      They’re trying to figure out how to incorporate another Sharknado into the plot.

    • Tantalus XVI

      Two episodes of the Twilight Zone come to mind, soooo thats close right?

  • GaryTheBrave

    It’s a credit to Twitchy that you did not include the aforementioned photo.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      Indeed. Class act. I first saw the photo earlier this even when a friend sent it to me via text with, “They found the plane!” I ripped him a new one.

    • Maxx

      Actually, if memory serves me, that photo was shown yesterday within Twitchy by a contributor to another topic. Not sure how long it lasted but I wasn’t offended. Attempts at humor often walk that fine line.

      My .02. While I appreciate her opinion on the photo, the internet works best when people are allowed to express themselves freely, even if at times, feelings get hurt or others are offended. Asking to ban it isn’t much different than a teacher grabbing an abortion banner because she doesn’t like what HER eyes are seeing. I think it’s quite possible to chuckle at the Gilligan’s Island photo while still not dismissing the seriousness of what has occurred. It’s what makes us human, or to the opinion of others, inhumane.

      • Acethepug

        Actually, I give her a lot of credit. There was no call in her post for banning, or shunning or punishment for whomever posted the pic.

        In essence, if everyone disagreed the way Dawn Wells did in regards to the photoshop, the world (and certainly the internet) would be a far better place.

        And believe me, I know I say and do boneheaded things all the time. I just think her comment was really nice compared to what she COULD have said.
        She sends prayers, and doesn’t call for bannings. AAA+++

      • kayakingfatso

        I always look forward to your comments. :)

  • drw

    Maryann was always my favorite, no question.

  • LegalizeShemp

    “Yeah, it’s really classless to make jokes about people dying!” Sincerely, Fred Phelps

  • LegalizeShemp

    “We need to address the fact that CNN is blaming us for this tragedy!” Sincerely, Black Holes and Zombies

    • yourmamatoo

      We’ll . CNN is a black hole.
      And their anchors are zombies. So, there’s that.

  • Jake Blues

    But yesterday, Twitchy thought Jonah Goldberg’s joke about the plane was funny. Which is it?

    • Spinmamma

      Twitchy is not a person.

      • Jake Blues

        Deflect fail.

        • Spinmamma

          Not a deflect, Bud. It’s a true statement. Unless you subscribe to the hive theory.

          • Acethepug

            Of course he does. Remember, the Left only accuses the Right of what it is either ALREADY doing, or what it is planning to do.

            The Left is largely a hive-mind, so they expect the Right is as well.

        • Michelle ✓classified

          Can you please link me to the page where Twitchy, in their own words, said it was funny?

        • Acethepug

          I agree, your attempt to deflect and cast blame has indeed failed most seriously, o hacktastic one.

      • HonestDisqussion

        Neither is the Internet. Gallows humor is offensive to some but not others. Recognizing it for what it is, I personally find the Photoshop neither offensive nor particularly funny.

      • Russthecurious

        Would seem a catchy nickname for Pelosi…

    • WilliamAmos

      Goldberg joked about the flight data not the plane.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        And neither did ‘Twitchy” say it was funny, you folks simply used a quote from a captured tweet….but ya know, we gotta explain these things to the dense folks around here.

        • conservativechick

          More “selective” outrage from our friends on the left. Hypocrisy is thy name.

      • Jake Blues

        That’s a distinction without a difference.

    • Apostic

      Honestly, I felt a kinda guilty about suggesting unserious alternative theories about the missing plane yesterday, given how the families of the missing are no doubt feeling. And although I tend to joke about things that deeply disturb me, my snark in that instance was directed toward ridiculing crackpot theories by one-uping them. (Black hole? Really? Maybe it’s on the mothership at the end of Close Encounters? It would be as (un)likely.)

      As always, I apologize in advance for offending anyone… that didn’t have it coming.

      • H50 ✓RAT

        It is what it is, you can have 10 jokes about the same subject on 10 different days, at first things arent very funny, because its an ongoing situation, but as things drag out and especially when you have the kind of ridiculous media coverage that has been foisted upon us, its hard not to look for something to make light of. It becomes a coping mechanism. The more tragic the incident, the more coping one needs.

        It all depends on timing, content and taste. What one may find funny and a bit of momentary relief, might offend another. That is just life.

    • Acethepug

      And Senator Obama was against the Debt Ceiling, while President Obama is for it.
      Senator Obama was against GITMO staying open, while President Obama keeps it open.
      President Obama was publicly against gay marriage, then when he was forced by Biden’s ineptitude (and needed more sweet, sweet campaign cash), was suddenly for it.
      So, to throw this back in your sanctimonious face … WHICH IS IT?
      You know, since Twitchy is comprised of individuals who all think on their own, and Barack Obama is ONE person to whom consistency is apparently anathema.
      Don’t even TRY to imply that the Left has any kind of monopoly on consistency.

    • NRPax

      I gotta tell you; as trolls go, you certainly are refreshing. Sure, you go for the “I care SO HARD” route, but your insults generally stay within somewhat civil bounds.

      Hey mods; can we keep this guy and get rid of two others?

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        I just like his avi…. #TheBluesBrothers #JolietJake #JohnBelushi #SaturdayNightLive #MusicTriviaTime Jawamax 8<{D}

        • NRPax

          I admit that I wasn’t happy about it at first but he’s actually not as nasty or condescending as few others around here.

          • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

            I like that too. Jawamax 8<{D}

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Jonah Goldberg was talking about data from the Flight simulator at his home. BTW, I thought the pic was kinda silly/funny.. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Michelle ✓classified

    A friend of mine sent me a text earlier this evening to say, “They found the plane!” My heart soared, I took a deep sigh of relief and thought, “Thank God!” Then the text was followed up with the pic that Dawn Wells is talking about – I was pissed. I laid into that friend, let him know it wasn’t funny and shame on him.

  • TocksNedlog

    This Just In: CNN investigating reports of Sharknado activity along the plane’s last known route

  • Guy_Montag_OG

    Dawn’s comments are classy.
    w.r.t. the MSM, on the other hand, “it’s understood that Hollywood sells Californication”.

    • Acethepug

      Perfectly said! Dawn doesn’t like it, but isn’t calling for censorship or penalties.

  • LegalizeShemp

    C’mon, if produced by a left wing media outlet, the graphic would have been called “dark, yet creative, edgy and allowing us to revel in gallows humor” and the Photoshopper would have been given kudos by the left wing slime. We just feel guilty because of the obvious holes in our airline security and the inability to instantly explain everything that happens in the following news cycle. 88 planes have gone missing without a trace since 1946, and nobody has given a rat’s rear end about anyone on those planes except the friends and families involved. Stop the sanctimonious tut-tutting and “lighten up” as the dismissive media prostitutes instruct us so often, as they prepare us for the same fate as the poor souls on that plane.

    • HonestDisqussion

      Exactly. Gallows humor serves a very real purpose for many.

      “The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let
      itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by
      the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas
      are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure.” – Sigmund Freud

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        …Like the demise of a Despot, or a Dangerous Criminal (NOTE:Ficticious in liberal minds…) Jawamax 8<{D}

  • LegalizeShemp

    “Yeah losers, making jokes about air disasters is tasteless and cruel, so knock it off!” Sincerely, Amelia Earhart, John Denver, Ricky Nelson and The Hindenburg

    • HonestDisqussion

      Payne Stewart agrees.

    • Richard Jefferies

      Buddy Holly

  • Kelly Walters

    I saw the picture on Facebook and admit to being amused. Having grown up in a funeral home (think My Girl) I think I’m prone to dark humor. It doesn’t make me feel any less bad for the people on the plane or for their families.

  • blindbluejay

    More evidence that the answer to the eternal question, Ginger or Mary Ann, is, in fact, Mary Ann.

    Really though, the only proper answer is Ginger AND Mary Ann.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Ironic, because the picture in question (I’ve seen it; one of my friends posted it on Facebook) is both funny, and at the same time, not funny… But the first time I saw it, I couldn’t stop LAUGHING! (Okay, vote me down… I thought at first that it was funny… But as this goes along it gets less funny…) Jawamax 8<{D}

    • HonestDisqussion

      You’re forgiven. The votes don’t matter and everything’s made up.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      I confess, I giggled when I saw it. Kinda made me hope it was true. The only other alternative is that all souls have perished and thats just too sad to contemplate.

  • KhadijahMuhammad

    If anyone named “Bush” was on the plane, Hollywood would be cheering.

  • CrustyB

    “Don’t you see that if I didn’t laugh I would have to weep?” -Abraham Lincoln, after he was criticized for telling jokes soon after the death of his girlfriend.

  • DavidKramer

    Mary Anne was the hot one.

    • Brent Guthrie

      She was hot, but I’ll take Ginger!

  • tstewart2

    “Mary Ann” has class!

  • Perry

    @therealmaryann Still looking good. I miss the Honey Bees! :)

    • H50 ✓RAT

      The Honeybees. One of my favorite episodes.

  • Heather Atkinson

    Beautiful, witty and thoughtful.

    She’s still a total Maryann after all these years.

  • FlatFoot

    “Women love money. Give ’em a couple thousand bucks and they’re happy.”

    “I think she’s cute. And, no, she’s not too old for me.”

  • CoastalMaineBird

    “our show was fictional”

    Crap! Why didn’t you put up a SPOILER ALERT ?

  • Greg Burton

    What’s Dawn so upset about? That’s just the promo picture for the upcoming movie. Maybe there’ll be a role for Dawn?

  • Perry

    Natalie Schafer was 67 when that show ended. She was actually 13 years older than “Thurston”.

  • John Bibb

    Dawn Wells–ex Miss Nevada–my ex home state before the Army moved me to the Southwest 5 decades ago. Classy lady!

  • Hans Switzer

    I always liked Mary Ann the best…..

    • World B. Free

      Maryanne ain’t bad at all., but I’ve always been a Ginger kinda guy. To each his own.

  • H50 ✓RAT

    I can understand her feelings and to a point agree with her, but I would have more respect for her if she blasted all of the ridiculous coverage that has been running rampant instead of just the association to her show.
    Her condolences were nice tho.

  • LegalizeShemp

    “I thought it was hilarious when Steve Irwin died, so much so that I made a Halloween costume mocking him !” Sincerely, Bill Maher

  • johnnydrama

    its the plane from LOST !

  • Jedd McHead

    No such comment from Tina Louise. I always liked Mary Ann better than Ginger, anyway.

    • Corey Dennison

      While I’ve got a soft spot for red-heads, it was always Mary Ann!


  • felicityva

    Dawn Wells gave them a dressing down and didn’t resort to vulgar language or childish name-calling. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is class.

  • DTM

    She just wants to continue the liberal trait if NO sense of humor. We’ll done ding dong Dawn

  • Bo Tye

    A lamp I’ve found useful for eluding the dark and despotic march of most of mankind:

  • pdigaudio

    I had to google the image. Yes, I laughed. Makes as much sense as UFOs, Elvis and CNN’s black hole theory.