Mischa Barton's Instagram About Alton Sterling Is Being Slammed as Tone Deaf

She's since taken it down.

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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:

"I'm truly heartbroken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution. This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank god the pigs get caught on camera now. It's unthinkable and an embarrassment to America. The country I was brought up in. Somebody make change. 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."

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.

Barton's post has since been taken down, and she has yet to comment on the backlash.

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