ACTRESS Lili Reinhart has faced backlash for inappropriately captioning a nude Instagram photo calling for justice for Breonna Taylor’s death.
Social media users called the caption “ignorant and tone-deaf.”
Breonna Taylor was a young Black woman who was mistakenly shot in her home as a result of a police investigation gone wrong.
Who is Lili Reinhart?
Lilli Reinhart is an actress most notable for her roles in Riverdale and Hustlers.
The 23-year-old actress boasts 23.2million followers on Instagram.
She recently broke up with her Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse, who she had been dating for three years.
It is believed that Lili, 23, and Cole, 27, “split before the pandemic hit” in March.
What did she say about Breonna Taylor?
Social media users slammed Lili Reinhart for being “weird and gross” following a disrespectful Instagram caption regarding the death of Breonna Taylor.
The Riverdale star captioned a nude photo on Instagram: “Now that my sideboob has gotten your attention, Breonna Taylor’s murderers have not been arrested. Demand justice.”
Users were outraged at the actress’s insensitivity around the topic.
“Breonna Taylor is not a meme, and neither is her death,” one viral tweet read. “She is a Black woman with a life and a story and a personality and loved ones. Please consider this before your next quirky post or retweet.”
What did people say about her post?
Fans quickly criticized the actress for mentioning the murder as a way to promote the photo, which showed Lili covering her breasts.
The actress deleted the caption following fan backlash and eventually took the photo down hours later.
While the photo is no longer available on Lili’s feed, a Twitter user posted a screenshot of the original post.
The user wrote: “Lili Reinhart really thought she doing something….. this is sick, why do she use Breonna Taylor’s name as an excuse to post her sexy pic? weird and gross.”
More social media users criticized Lili’s caption, with one person tweeting: “her caption was so ignorant and tone deaf”
Another social media user tweeted: “oh my gosh how much stupidity”
A third user wrote that Lili’s caption was “dumb sexist activism,” adding: “Just how entitled n arrogant one gotta b to associate their side boob with someone’s murder”
Did she apologize for what she wrote?
Lili later addressed the caption on Twitter and apologized for offending anyone.
She tweeted: “I’ve always tried to use my platform for good. And speak up about things that are important to me.
“I also can admit when I make a mistake and I made a mistake with my caption. It was never my intent to insult anyone and I’m truly sorry to those that were offended.”
She continued in a thread: “I’ve tried very hard to be honest on my IGTV lives that I’m still learning and trying to be better.
“But I understand that my caption came off as tone deaf. I truly had good intentions and did not think it through that it could come off as insensitive.”
This isn’t the first time Lili has landed herself in hot water.
According to Us Weekly, Twitter user @Victori66680029 claimed her and ex-boyfriend Cole assaulted them following a party at New York University in 2013.
Buzzfeed also reported subsequent sexual abuse and harassment accusations against Riverdale’s Lili, KJ and Vanessa, which were made from a separate anonymous account.
Cole tweeted in response to the allegations: “Earlier today myself and three other cast mates were falsely accused of sexual offense by anonymous accounts on twitter.
“I take these accusations very seriously, and will be working with the right teams to get to the root of it.”
He continued in a series of tweets: “False accusations do tremendous damage to victims of actual assault.
“Furthermore, I would never seek to silence anybody.
“I encourage that people look into the accusations themselves, as the events detailed were factually untrue.
Both Lili and Vanessa retweeted Cole’s remarks.
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Lili also denied the allegations on Twitter, writing: “I have always taken sexual assault allegations seriously.
“But it was proven that this account was created specifically to create false stories about me and my cast.
“I can’t think of something more twisted than lying about sexual assault.”