Editor’s note: After this post was published, Jake Tapper sent us a direct message asking us to point out that he is Jewish. He said that he deleted the tweet because “humorless idiots missed the point of the joke.”


“Innocence of Muslims,” the independent film that some allege to have sparked the deadly riots in Egypt and Libya yesterday, is to many Western eyes, just plain bad filmmaking. But in the wake of the U.S. Embassy’s statement about “respect for religious beliefs,” we’re pretty sure we know why this tweet from ABC’s Jake Tapper didn’t last long.

Funny? Not really. However, following yesterday’s events, it’s nice to see freedom of speech (and acceptance of consequences) play out in words and not violence.


Twitchy would like to note that some of our editors found the joke giggle-worthy and undeserving of outrage.


The plot thickens: Filmmaker ‘Sam Bacile,’ blamed for embassy attacks, does not exist