TMZ has never been known for their consideration or sensitivity when it comes to their reportage. They have garnered a huge fan base for their ability to be comically offensive and as expected they cross the line more times than not.
The latest fiasco has erupted from their choice of words when announcing the passing of Marion Berry, who died this past Saturday after a long illness.
“Crack Mayor Dead At 78” was the headline for the posting and before long social media was in uproar. To make matters worse, the piece was accompanied by a video depicting Barry’s drug bust in 1990.
A slew of angry readers promptly drafted an online petition that has garnered more than 9,000 signatures to protest the disrespectful tactics by TMZ. The sentiment is that the sleazy online pub has unfairly discolored the legacy of Berry, who spent majority of his life dedicated to public service.
Twitter has been the playground of choice for people who are dismayed and disgusted with the headline and the posting has also been populated with comments that are mainly requesting the site to remove the offensive piece. So far TMZ has refused to respond to the ruckus they created.
— Shawn Yancy (@ShawnYancy) November 23, 2014
— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) November 23, 2014
— Jawn Murray (@JawnMurray) November 23, 2014
I'll never read TMZ again. This attack on Mayor Marion Barry should make you think pic.twitter.com/84yp0Bd3q2
— Paul Porter (@IndustryEars) November 23, 2014