October 20th, 2011
06:10 PM ET
Comedian and actor Colin Quinn may have meant for his tweets about Gadhafi's death to be taken as jokes, but it doesn't seem like many were laughing.
The former "Saturday Night Live" star tweeted following news of the Libyan dictator's death, "Another great innovator who started in the 80's and regained popularity recently has died. Say hello to Mr. Jobs, Mr. Khaddafi."
He continued, "I know one thing, when it all boils down to it, I think we all agree, he did more good than bad, and that's all any of us can expect. He made people smile and that's something not most people in Libya can say. To me it's all about longevity and this man lasted. Like Tony Bennett."
Not one to hog the timeline, Quinn began to retweet reactions to his remarks, which also included statements like, "Let me tell you something, Khaddafi is not the terrorist. We're the terrorist! May you land in the in the blissful gardens of paradise, after a life well lived. Allahu akbar, Mr. Khaddafi!! People say Khaddafi was anti American! Well, there was more freedom in Libya than this sick country will ever have."
The 52-year-old received "WTF"-laden responses in return, as well as more than one person suggesting he relocate to Libya. Wrote @DustinMarvin, "@iamcolinquinn you're not offensive, you're not deadpan, this bit died long ago... You're just really, really, really irritating..."
Added user Joe Nash, "to compare Tony Bennett and Khaddafi is like saying cancer and pineapples are both great because they've lasted. WTF?"
But Quinn told CNN that the responders were taking his remarks too seriously. “I’m just busting balls,” he said. “I understand the meth'ed-out 15-year-old kid not getting my irony, but CNN should. What the hell?”
Quinn went on to say he couldn't understand how those reading his tweets hadn't picked up on his mocking tone.
“Here I am trying to bring a little fun to twitter," he said. "What do they want to do, just hear about what I eat?"
And to the person who told Quinn, "Stop with the stupid retweet bit, you say stuff to piss people off... Then they comment WE GET IT," perhaps this will explain the comedian/actor's point of view.
"Twitter is one of those dangerous toys that if it gets in the hands of the wrong person you’ll have the mind of a 12-year-old masquerading as an adult," Quinn said of his sense of humor.
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