Bernice King put an entire publication on blast.
Newsweek is already starting off the new year on the wrong foot. On the very first day of the year, Newsweek uploaded an insensitive tweet that most interpreted it as careless, insulting, and degrading.
The tweet referenced the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the post also had an attached picture of him in his casket with a caption that reads: “Has anybody seen my old friend Martin?”
According to HuffPost, the caption is a song lyric from folk-pop singer Dick Holler’s “Abraham, Martin, John.” Holler wrote the song in 1968 to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Kennedy — all of them were prominent figures killed because they influence change in the country.
However, the Black community was livid once they saw the post, especially MLK’s daughter Bernice King. The 54-year-old minister was appalled that her father’s death was seen as a joke.
Ms. King ended up responding with a tweet of her own: “Why, @Newsweek? Wow.”
Moments later, social media goers chimed in, siding with Ms. King that Newsweek created a senseless tweet. The post did have a linked article of forthcoming significant events surrounding the 50-year anniversary of MLK’s assassination.
However, the tweet is making a mockery of MLK’s death, so two hours later, Newsweek deleted the post and tweeted an apology to Ms. King and her family.
Earlier this afternoon we published an opinion piece with an insensitive image of Martin Luther King Jr. We sincerely apologize to the King family for this egregious error.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 1, 2018