The tragic death of 27-year-old Vampire Diaries crew member Sarah Jones on the set of the Midnight Rider film has not only devastated the film and television production community, but launched some contentious discussions about safety practices on production sets, as well as the hierarchy of who we honor in the film and television industry. As is the way of the internet, much of this discussion is happening in the comment sections of popular news sites, which means the occasional insensitive rant. Uncharacteristically, TVD executive producer Julie Plec took the time to respond to some of these “insensitive comments” in her own comment...

“Uh-oh. Just posted my first ever comment on a @Deadline article. What a bunch of insensitive d--ks. (not the site, the commenters). Ugh,” Julie tweeted earlier today, referencing a Deadline news article about the online petition to have Sarah included in the “In Memoriam” tribute at this Sunday’s Oscars. Here’s what she had to say in her comment:

“Gotta say, I never comment on this site — in fact I follow (rabidly) @dontreadthecomments on twitter for my own sanity. But those of you who would make any insensitive comments about an entire union and artistic community’s desire to honor a fallen friend who was killed (violently and senselessly) on the job — well, you’re a bunch of a--holes. Sorry. You don’t like it? Don’t Read The Comments. RIP beautiful Sarah.”

Well said, Julie. At the time of this posting, the online petition has almost 27,000 signatures. The petition reads: “Crew members are the unsung heroes of film and television production who work long hours and sometimes very dangerous conditions for the love of filmmaking. Sarah Elizabeth Jones was one of us. We ask for Sarah Elizabeth Jones' love and passion for filmmaking be acknowledged on the grandest stage of all, The Academy Awards.”

You can sign the online petition here. It will be submitted for consideration to the Academy by Friday at 10 a.m.

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!