Mischa Barton Roasted By Internet, Apologizes for Unfortunate Instagram Post
Dear celebs, it's great that you have a platform to speak up and be heard. But THIS is not what's needed right now. pic.twitter.com/lxyfmshEjo
— Gerrick D. Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) July 7, 2016
Update: Mischa Barton apologized for her July 7 Instagram post that featured an ill-chosen image of the actress drinking wine on a boat alongside a caption about the shooting of Alton Sterling.
In a series of tweets on July 8, Barton shared a photo of Sterling with his three kids and their mother, tweeted a sign reading “if you are not angry you are not paying attention,” and expressed her condolences over the shooting of 11 police officers in Dallas on Thursday night.
“My heart goes out to the families of the innocent police officers who were shot in the line of duty,” Barton wrote. She also offered the mea culpa below.
I'm human I'm not perfect and I'm sorry if my Instagram post went out of context I didn't mean to offend anyone
— Mischa Barton (@MischaBarton) July 8, 2016
Original post: The killing of Alton Sterling, the Louisiana man shot to death on July 5 while being held down by police in front of a convenience store, has reawakened the ongoing dialogue about police officers’ treatment of black Americans in pretty much every U.S. state. Sterling’s death, which was caught on video, saddened and frustrated those who feel it reflects a deadly, racist pattern that’s gone unchecked for too long. Many celebrities, including Drake, have chimed in with their concerns, to varying degrees of success.
Actress/Dancing With the Stars alum Mischa Barton tried to as well, and failed miserably.
To be fair: This is a complicated issue with no easy answers, and with emotions running high it can be tough to put feelings about it into words! Particularly on social media, where everything lives on for all eternity, and one person may accuse your views of not being “woke” enough while another’s typing a weirdly defensive ALL LIVES MATTER comment in all caps. Mischa did try to speak from the heart in the caption to her now-deleted July 7 Instagram post; it reads like a genuine attempt to express worries over the fact that “the world is a precarious place right now,” and also her wish for gun control…and unity…and also something about elections. Well-meaning if jumbled thoughts, all.
Unfortunately, she chose to post the message with a photo of herself in a bikini on a yacht, staring mournfully into a near-empty glass of rosé. Why, Mischa, whyyyy?
Instead of sharing a photo of Sterling himself, or a thought-provoking quote from a black American scholar or activist like Roxane Gay or Deray McKesson, or anything remotely related to the matter at hand, she posted a borderline cartoonish portrait of her own far-removed privilege. She looked either vaguely sullen, or the sun was just in her eyes. This tone-deaf choice prompted one commenter to ask, “are you out of your goddamn mind?”
Though Barton soon deleted the post, the internet never forgets. In addition to flooding earlier Instagram quotes with irate remarks, Barton’s critics weighed in on Twitter — read a roundup below.
poor mischa barton. getting roasted just because she was wearing a bikini from her "solemn contemplation of racism" collection.
— Nature Enjoyer (@Ugarles) July 7, 2016
Thank you Mischa Barton… pic.twitter.com/Dt6o9UGqa5
— The Nightly Show (@nightlyshow) July 7, 2016
Mischa Barton? Mmmmmmmm whatcha say?
— Congelotto (@OttoFernandez) July 7, 2016
Mischa Barton feeling that social injustice- from her yacht… With a drink in hand- great show of solidarity
— O.A. (@oakpan24) July 7, 2016
Is the term "pigs" really making a comeback, or is it just Mischa Barton trying to be down? https://t.co/iOrQgW0OCG
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) July 7, 2016
So is Mischa Barton inviting all black people to safety on her yacht?!? Isn't this how Roots miniseries started? https://t.co/1klipLTxwG
— Oz Banks (@ozbanks1) July 7, 2016
Utterly stunned to discover that Mischa Barton's insights on racial injustice, as shared via her Instagram account, were not worthwhile.
— Scott Wampler (@LimitedPaper) July 7, 2016
Mischa Barton in a bikini on a yacht with a glass of wine complaining about "the pigs."
come get your girl, y'all.
— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) July 7, 2016
Lmao @ Mischa Barton. Who among us hasn't mourned Black death whilst sipping wine on a yacht?
— Tia (@TiaKTA) July 7, 2016
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