Rupert Murdoch has some strong opinions about the welfare system, and he isn't afraid to express them.
On Tuesday, the media mogul tweeted a response to the news that Ulanda Williams, a 400-pound woman, fell through a New York City sidewalk. Rather than express his condolences for Williams, Murdoch tweeted the following:
How did fat lady who fell thru street get to 400 lbs? Welfare, stamps, etc? Then leave us all with 20yrs immense health bills.
His tweet, suggesting that programs like food stamps are to blame for Williams' weight, was received negatively by some followers:
Philanthropy means caring for and improving the quality of life for other human beings. You, sir, are no philanthropist.
Yes, that is the only way to get fat. Ass. MT How did fat lady who fell thru street get to 400 lbs? Welfare, stamps, etc?
Only poor ppl are fat? Escape your bubble. RT : How did fat lady who fell thru street get to 400 lbs? Welfare, stamps, etc?
Despite the negative response, Murdoch stood by his tweet later in the day and wrote:
Did not mean to be unsympathetic to 400 lb lady, but fact remains unhealthy eating by rich and poor driving up premiums for all.