James Corden
James Corden at amfaR, Los Angeles, 2017.Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water

British comedian James Corden hosted the eighth annual amFAR gala in Beverly Hills last week and happened to joke about the infamous Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations.

While a celebrity publicly voicing their opinions about a big scandal is no rare case, how soon is it too soon to crack jokes based on an issue as sensitive as sexual harassment in the showbiz industry?

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During his set, James said, "This is a beautiful room, this is a beautiful night here in L.A. It is so beautiful that Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel room to give him a massage." This was a clear reference to multiple allegations against the producer, where he tried to harass women under the pretext of similar situations.

The joke, while it earned him a couple of laughs, also caused a heavy groan amongst the audience. And to that, Corden smugly responded, "I don't know whether that groan was that you liked that joke, or you don't like the joke. If you don't like the joke, you should probably leave right now."

If only it had stopped at that, maybe this wild uproar against the set wouldn't have happened. But sadly, the 39-year-old continued, joking, "It has been weird this week though hasn't it, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water, ask any of the women who watched him take a bath, it's weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight but he'll settle for whatever potted plant is closest."

As expected, the backlash was immense from social media calling him out once again, within the span of a month, for his questionable choice of humour to entertain audiences with. One of the most iconic and talked about Twitter backlash to the joke was Rose McGowan's.

The actress had recently come forward with her own allegations against Weinstein, claiming that he had raped her. This caused her Twitter account to get suspended and also gave rise to the #WomenBoycottTwitter storm.

Rose's backlash started with her swearing in all caps, followed by a thread of tweets stating her pure disgust towards the joke and how well it was received.

Rose wasn't the only celebrity to react, as Anthony Bourdain publicly voiced his own distaste regarding the matter.

And other regular people took the chance to slam the comedian too..

James has, once again, taken to Twitter to apologise for his joke. It's almost déjà vu for The Late Late Show host as he was apologising on Twitter not so long ago about hypocritically kissing Sean Spicer at the Emmy's, after having dissed the politician publicly so many times.

His apology was in a series of two messages, that read:

Twitter is clearly not buying this and while a public apology does resolve everything, or so it seems, this user's view on the situation does give a lot to think about it.

And Twitter has given its verdict: