Stephen Hawking the beloved theoretical physicist died peacefully in his home in Cambridge, England early Wednesday morning at the age of 76. He was known around the world for his breakthroughs in the study of black holes and relativity. Hawking was also the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time.
These are remarkable achievements for anyone but even more profound meaning given at the age of 22 Prof. Hawking was told he would only live a couple of years after being diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease.
So imagine the shock when people discovered his passing via Snapchat? The app offered a RIP Stephan Hawking filter to it's users. It isn't going over well.
Wait so I just discovered STEPHEN HAWKING DIED via a SNAPCHAT FILTER. Comprehend that one— jako (@jakopars) March 14, 2018
I am so mad that I just found out about Stephen Hawking's death through a snapchat filter.— Joanna Loney (@GingerSnap5656) March 14, 2018
What has the world come to... I just found out Stephen Hawking died through a Snapchat filter— BJ (@BridgetJoers) March 14, 2018
We can sympathize considering Snapchat's reputation.
There’s an R.I.P. Stephen Hawking filter on Snapchat today.— Kelly (@kelly_eberle) March 14, 2018
Slutty girls showing off their buttholes need to pay respects too.
Lmao don’t tell me I just saw a girl on her snapchat story with the ‘RIP Stephen Hawking” filter on a picture of a tim hortons sandwich— AJ (@LankyLaporte) March 14, 2018
People were really not happy. This is not how they wanted to remember the famous scientist.
Like who the hell at Snapchat HQ thought it was appropriate to make a “rip Stephen Hawking” Snapchat filter— Cat (@catffh) March 14, 2018
EXCUSE ME BUT I HAD TO FIND OUT THAT STEPHEN HAWKING DIED THROUGH A ~SNAPCHAT FILTER~?— Tara Sim 🌟 (@EachStarAWorld) March 14, 2018
i’m kinda pissed that i found out Stephen Hawking died through a snapchat filter...— tay hots☯ (@t_hots) March 14, 2018
I can't believe they made a snapchat filter for Stephen Hawking's death, that's just tacky and not respectful— Hannah Costello (@Hannah_Costell0) March 14, 2018
This week Snapchat approved an ad mocking domestic violence and now this. We have to question their management decisions.
H/T: USA Today