The Toronto Star was heavily criticized on Twitter Tuesday after posting a tribute to Robin Williams that wasn't considered appropriate given the circumstances surrounding his death.
The following quote from the film "Jumanji" appeared on its Twitter account:
— Tabassum Siddiqui (@TabSiddiqui) August 12, 2014
@TorontoStar What a horribly insensitive quote to be circulating.— Janet N. Hatcher (@jnhatcher) August 12, 2014
@TorontoStar you do realize that he was quoting his mean, overbearing dad right?— Zack Kotzer (@ZaaackKoootzer) August 12, 2014
The newspaper eventually responded to readers individually.
@henderstu It was a quote from Jumanji and was not meant to offend. We apologize.— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) August 12, 2014
@henderstu It was a poor choice of quote given the context. Our apologies— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) August 12, 2014
@_rachelcollier We certainly never meant to be insensitive to the mental health issue - the staffer sharing it just loved Jumanji— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) August 12, 2014
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