CELEBRITY
02/21/2012 03:25 pm ET

Rainn Wilson Apologizes For Tweeting Date Rape Joke

We are all for free speech, but we're also for thinking before you tweet -- especially when you're a celebrity.

Actor Rainn Wilson crossed a line on Monday when he tweeted, "If I were ever date raped I would want it to be to 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin."

Twitter seems to compel a lot of people into writing things they probably wouldn't want to record, yet every tweet is currently being archived by the Library of Congress. The joke wasn't funny and understandably offended many people.

To his credit, Wilson did apologize for the offensive remark. On Tuesday morning he deleted the "joke" and tweeted:

Apparently my poorly conceived date-rape tweet upset a lot of folks. Not a good topic to joke about.Sorry & won't do that again.

— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) February 21, 2012

We often wonder how celebrities, with armies of publicists and managers hired to protect their reputations and brands, are allowed to tweet such stupid and controversial things. But Twitter has ushered in a new era of tactics that prove there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Chris Brown's recent outburst on Twitter simply generated enough controversy to keep his name a hot topic before he and Rihanna both cashed in on the outrage by simultaneously releasing remixes featuring each other.

Wilson doesn't appear to have any projects in the works that would benefit from courting controversy, and he is known to be a rather random tweeter. Recently, the 46-year-old wrote, "Apparently Freida Kahlo was a terrible party guest, always talking about Diego Rivera's weight & issues of having a uni-brow."

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