There are many ways to honour the life of one of the most inspirational people of our times, but one film blogger's attempt to contextualize the passing of Nelson Mandela by pointing out that a biopic of his life is attracting awards buzz, backfired last night on Twitter.
You can read the offending tweet from Nikki Finke, the no-nonsense Hollywood columnist and feared founder of Deadline below...
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela, subject of Weinstein Co’s Idris Elba-starrer 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' which opened Nov 29 and has awards buzz.— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) December 5, 2013
It was an odd way to mark such a momentous news event, even for a Hollywood reporter, and it prompted Twitter users to create the #FinkeObits hashtag and craft more misjudged tributes. Check out some of our favourites below.
RIP Jesus, whose story brought in $700m in Intlt BO which silenced many Gibson critics #FinkeObits— Beth Schacter (@bethshax) December 5, 2013
RIP Ayatollah Khomeini, the REAL genius behind 2012's Best Picture Oscar-winner ARGO.#FinkeObits— Mike White (@THEmikewhite) December 5, 2013
RIP Abraham Lincoln, who fought both vampires and racism at the box office. #FinkeObits— Ethan Anderton (@Ethan_Anderton) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Thai flood victims who'll miss Regency's pricey Aronofsky-directed Russell Crowe-starrer 'Noah' which opens March 8 #FinkeObits— John August (@johnaugust) December 5, 2013
RIP Neil Armstrong, whose journey to the Moon would one day make the backstory of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON possible #FinkeObits— Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr) December 5, 2013
RIP Osama Bin Laden, antagonist of the films UNITED 93 and WORLD TRADE CENTER, neither of which won Best Picture. #FinkeObits— Drew Morton (@thecinemadoctor) December 5, 2013
Finke later defended the tweet, saying:
I write about the entertainment biz. And that movie is a wonderful tribute to Nelson Mandela since it's based on his autobiography.— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) December 5, 2013
Once called the "most feared, despised, and uncompromising journalist in Hollywood", Finke founded influential film blog Deadline in 2006 but quit earlier this year after a high profile spat with her boss Jay Penske, who purchased the site for a reported £8.5m.