- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Film producer Jack Morrissey apologized Monday for a tweet envisioning the Covington Catholic High School students who were involved in a media firestorm over the weekend going into a woodchipper.

“#MAGAkids go screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper,” Mr. Morrissey, whose credits include Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and films in the “Twilight” franchise, tweeted Monday.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posted a screenshot of Mr. Morrissey’s now-deleted tweet to her more than 1.5 million followers upon the news that a video allegedly showing Catholic students from Kentucky taunting a Native American man had been wildly misrepresented.

Mr. Morrissey, who has since set his Twitter account to private, told The Wrap that he now finds his comments “profoundly stupid.”

“It was something that I did not give any thought to,” he said. “It was just a fast, profoundly stupid tweet. … I would throw my phone into the ocean before doing that again.”

An edited video that went mega-viral over the weekend showed several white male students from the Covington school, many of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, during an encounter with a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Hours of footage that later surfaced debunked the media narrative that the students were mocking the man, and a slew of retractions and apologies by media members and celebrities soon followed.

Mr. Morrissey said he deleted the tweet as soon as he started to notice the backlash and posted an apology that can now only be viewed by his mutual followers.

“Yesterday I tweeted an image based on FARGO that was meant to be satirical — as always — but I see now that it was in bad taste,” he wrote, according to The Wrap. “I offended many people — My sincerest apologies. I would never sincerely suggest violence against others, especially kids. Lesson learned.”

Disney did not respond to The Wrap’s request for comment.

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