A columnist has been slammed for her attack on Rev. Billy Graham on the same day that Graham died.
Graham died at age 99 on Wednesday, at his home.
Lauren Duca, a columnist for Teen Vogue, responded to the death in a tweet.
“The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in hell, [expletive],” she wrote.
A number of people reacted negatively to Duca.
“Wow Evil is showing up on Twitter today,” said one user.
“I’m no defender of religious leaders, nor of the dead, but I think you may have him mixed up with someone else. You may not agree with everything he stood for but he was involved in the Civil Rights movement and never spouted hateful thoughts,” added another.
“She is just angry because Billy Graham was actually a decent human being, and is unsurprisingly a million times more well known than she ever was or will be,” added another.
But Duca wasn’t phased, responding, “‘Respecting the dead’ only applies to people who weren’t evil pieces of [expletive] while they were living.”
Besides writing for Teen Vogue, Duca has also appeared on MSNBC and CNN at least six times, according to the Media Research Center.
Duca wasn’t the only media worker that responded negatively after Graham died.
Ryan McCrystal of the Bleacher Report said that he hopes Graham “rots in hell” while Salon contributor John Semley added, “He’s reading the scripture in hell baby!”
The Guardian published an opinion article just hours after Graham died that claimed the reverend was “on the wrong side of history.”
“When Billy Graham stands before the judgment seat of God, he may finally realize how badly he failed his country, and perhaps his God,” wrote Matthew Sutton. “On civil rights and the environmental crisis, the most important issues of his lifetime, he championed the wrong policies.”
Graham passed away on Feb. 21 after a long life that included spreading evangelical Christianity to the mainstream and being the spiritual adviser to a number of presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower.