By Shawn Rice
While the country is struggling to end senseless violence, Mischa Barton has offered up an Instagram picture and some reflective advice she had regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. While she is horrified that black men continue to be shot dead by the police, who are supposed to be protecting citizens, not killing them, Barton went the wrong way of speaking out.
Unlike many Americans, Mischa Barton expressed this sentiment in the caption of an Instagram of herself looking pensive in a bikini on a yacht, wine glass in hand. Barton paid tribute to Alton Sterling, who died after he was shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday. But unlike her celebrity peers who were praised for their thoughtful tributes, the former O.C. star’s message received a lot of backlash from her followers.
“I’m truly heart broken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution,” Barton wrote in the since-deleted post. “This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank god the pigs get caught on camera now. Its unthinkable and an embarrassment to America. The country I was brought up in.”
The actress, who has been in France for Paris Fashion week, also demanded stricter gun control and called on her fellow Americans to use the upcoming presidential election as an opportunity to take action. “Somebody make change,” she continued. “We need gun control and unity. And a real President so think about that when this election is around the corner. The world is a precarious place right now.#stop #reflect and #act appropriately.”
It wasn’t long before Mischa’s followers began making comments of their own, many of which called out the actress for her “self-important” photo choice. “You pouting on a yacht, drinking . . . This is supposed to reflect your sadness about the Alton sterling case? It’s all bout u,” one person wrote. Another took a more direct approach: “Sweet Jesus, this is some tone-deaf rich person sh*t right here,” with the majority of those responding that it was hard to “take her seriously” because of the snap.
— Andrew Marin (@ndrewmarin) July 7, 2016
I don’t think Mischa Barton could have picked a worse photo to showcase her solidarity. pic.twitter.com/vHkeGKuUtQ
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) 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
“This is my, ‘Lost in deep thought contemplating black people from my yacht where none have ever stepped foot’ pose.” – Mischa Barton
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) July 7, 2016
Barton then took to Twitter to apologize.
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
Sterling’s shooting occurred outside a liquor store after an anonymous caller reported seeing a black man threatening someone with a firearm while attempting to sell homemade CDs. Sterling, 37, was pinned to the ground and shot by two police officers, as seen in videos captured by witnesses to the killing, according to Entertainment Tonight.
What did you think of Barton’s photo and thoughts? Did you think her Instagram post which has now been deleted was in poor taste? Sound off below in the comments section.
Photo Credit: Source