Popular Magician and Comedian Botched MLK Quote on Twitter Goes Viral

Penn Jillette

Does anyone remember the comedic magician duo Penn and Teller?  They were put on the map with the hip-hop community when they performed in the Run DMC video “It’s Tricky”.  They have a Las Vegas act that breaks the rules of magic and comedy.  And now Penn has taken to botching quotes too.

According to Salon.com, Penn Jillette Twittered this statement that he thought was a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., in reference to the death of Osama bin Laden:

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.”

Unfortunately, while he may have felt it was a perfect quote for the occasion, he attributed it to the wrong person.  But, before he could do his research and change it, it went viral.  He tried to explain how he cut and pasted from a MLK speech and somehow it got confused. But, Penn and Teller are known for punking people.  They even have made a living showing how easily people can be tricked.

Some wrote that they felt he was disrespecting MLK’s memory and he was saddened by those remarks. Check out the full report here.

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