The Sun sparked outrage last night after it made a joke about an X Factor competitor, by referring to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
During its live coverage of last night's X Factor, the paper's social media account tweeted that singer Tamera Foster, who is currently embroiled in a shoplifting scandal after being caught stealing make-up from Boots, has not hindered her chances at winning the reality TV show.
The ill-advised tweet
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The paper later apologised, but not before Twitter flew into a frenzy over the ill-judged joke:
The sun showbiz tweet about X factor singer and include a reference to Maddie. Someone actually thought it was a good idea. P45.
— Tredge (@caro6161) October 19, 2013
— Kitty Von Dave (@KittyVonKeato) October 19, 2013
— Paul Woody (@stumpyspurs) October 19, 2013
For context, The Sun's showbiz Twitter account made a Maddie McCann joke. Why are you all shocked? Do you expect high standards from them?
— Si (@PhantomGoal) October 19, 2013
Someone please tell me the sun's "stealing maddie" tweet is a hoax?
— Gary Sanders (@gaz112) October 19, 2013
— jukulele (@juli_e) October 19, 2013
The Sun made a Maddie joke? fuck 😳
— amy (@farewellamyy) October 19, 2013
The Sun has no boundaries ...
Making a Maddie joke is just wrong.
At least I have a valid reason to go back to the Sunday Sport again
— Stephen Farrow (@Stephen_Farrow) October 19, 2013