Twitter’s Clueless Mourn Nelson Mandela

Dec 05, 2013 at 9:11 PM ET

Nelson Mandela, a civil rights pioneer, longtime political prisoner and South Africa’s first black President, passed away today at the age of 95.

Immediately, an abundance of beautiful tributes appeared online. But some of social media’s dimmest blasted out their idea of a tribute and showed us all how not to tweet about Mandela.

Is this sad or funny?

They include people who are not sure which black person to mourn:

Unsurprisingly, Freeman himself knows exactly who Mandela is, and had this to say:

There are also people who don’t know who Mandela is, or even nicer, needlessly swear at him:

There are people who try to capitalize on the trending news by mentioning vapid details.

At time of writing, this one already has more than 300 retweets. Finke’s defense:

And, of course, there are some people who like to make it all about themselves:

Some niche news sites may be focusing on the wrong Mandela achievement:

Last but not least, they say death comes in threes. But do people really have to couple Mandela with Paul Walker’s tragic death from earlier this week? Or a friggin’ cartoon character?

Finally, some sanity:

And rest assured, not everyone is as dumb or tacky as you might think:

Leave it to a website dedicated to satire to get it right:

For continuing coverage of Stupid Twitter, follow Olivia Nuzzi, who can’t stop tweeting Morgan Freeman/Mandela photo mixups, or Dan Amira, who loves the combination RIPs.