Samuel L Jackson and Magic Johnson attacked online as 'lazy immigrants'

Magic Johnson and Samuel L Jackson holidaying in Italy.
Magic Johnson and Samuel L Jackson holidaying in Italy. Photo credit: Twitter

So apparently it doesn't matter how famous you are, Twitter will still immigrant bash you.

NBA legend Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and acclaimed actor Samuel L Jackson were recently on holiday in Tuscany when the two of them had a shopping date at luxury stores - including Prada and Louis Vuitton - before stopping for a rest and a spot of tweeting.

"Sam and I chilling out on a bench yesterday in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. The fans started lining up to take pictures with us," Johnson tweeted with a photo.

The post was quickly spread around the internet, only for some members of the Italian public to become outraged these two 'immigrants' were apparently shopping at luxury stores with the taxpayers' money.

But the madness doesn't stop there.

Italian comedian Luca Bottura used the photo to create a sarcastic meme which said, "Boldrini's resources in Forte dei Marmi shop at Prada with our €35. Share this picture if you are outraged."

"Boldrini" refers to Laura Boldrini, the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, who is currently under fire for her progressive policies towards migrants.

Of course, many fell for the bait, expressing "shame" and "outrage" over the image.

Later, Bottura wrote on Facebook, "the meme has been shared thousands of times and 40 percent of people understood the provocation, 30 percent were outraged and 20 percent thought it was a racist meme and that I had failed to recognise Samuel Jackson and Earvin Magic Johnson."

So basically there are a lot of people out there who look for any opportunity to blindly bash migrants.

Comments left under Bottura's joke included "immigration is crushing us".

"I know there are people who really do not have money while these wear branded clothes and relax," wrote another.

Hopefully, they felt a little ridiculous when they realised exactly who their 'immigrant bludgers' were.  

In the meantime, the rest of the world saw another example of how social media struggles to understand anything more complicated than #blessed.