Protests have raged across America after two black men were fatally shot by police this week. Celebrities and activists have all spoken out about the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, but not all of the reactions have been met with positivity.
Mischa Barton, the actress best known for playing Marissa Cooper on The O.C., posted a message of solidarity that many people saw as inappropriate and tone-deaf. The Instagram post featured a photo of Barton relaxing on a boat, waring a bikini and a white button-down shirt and drinking a glass of wine. The text accompanying the photo read:
The post was roundly criticized on social media, not for the message itself, but for the weird placement of Barton, enjoying her fabulous life on vacation, with a message about the struggles that less-privileged groups face.
I don't think Mischa Barton could have picked a worse photo to showcase her solidarity. pic.twitter.com/vHkeGKuUtQJuly 7, 2016
Mischa Barton feeling that social injustice- from her yacht... With a drink in hand- great show of solidarityJuly 7, 2016
I had to triple check to make sure that Mischa Barton thing was real but holy mother of godJuly 7, 2016
poor mischa barton. getting roasted just because she was wearing a bikini from her "solemn contemplation of racism" collection.July 7, 2016
Barton's post has since been taken down, and she has yet to comment on the backlash.
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