A writer on animated comedy series Family Guy has been forced to apologise for insensitive remarks he made about Japan's earthquake disaster following a storm of criticism on the web.
Scriptwriter Alec Sulkin took to his Twitter.com page following Friday's (11Mar11) huge earthquake and tsunami, which devastated the country's eastern coastline and left over 2,000 dead, with the death toll tipped to reach 10,000 as the relief effort continues.
Sulkin wrote, "If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google 'Pearl Harbor death toll.'" Sulkin was referring to the Japanese attack on U.S. forces in Hawaii during World War II, which killed over 2,500 people.
After a series of criticisms from his fellow Twitter followers, Sulkin decided to delete the 'Tweet' and apologise for his comment.
He wrote, "Yesterday death toll = 200. Today = 10,000. I am sorry for my insensitive Tweet. It's gone."
Sulkin is not the only star to come under fire for remarks made following Japan's disaster - 50 Cent was also slammed for making crude comments on Twitter, while comic Gilbert Gottfried's 'Tweets' lost him his job as the voice of insurance company Aflac's duck mascot.