Lili Reinhart caught some backlash over her choice for a Halloween costume.
The ¡°Riverdale¡± star tweeted a photo of what appeared to be a demon with a painted black face. Reinhart has since deleted the tweet, but screenshots have shown the picture and caption.
Perez Hilton tweeted a photo of the deleted post for ¡°those curious.¡±
¡åFound my Halloween costume!!¡± a screenshot of Reinhart¡¯s tweet read. ¡°Inspired by the color of my soul.¡±
For those curious. She was joking about doing blackface for Halloween. pic.twitter.com/silTFxCctE
¡ª Perez (@ThePerezHilton) October 22, 2017
It¡¯s not hard to see why people felt upset.
Twitter users have accused Reinhart of ¡°blackface,¡± makeup non-black actors used to portray black people in typically racist stereotypes. Reinhart acknowledged why so many felt angered by her tweet and issued an apology.
¡°I did not mean for my tweet to come off that way,¡± Reinhart wrote. ¡°I can see how it was interpreted as being insensitive, completely. I saw the pic on a Halloween Instagram and didn¡¯t think it would be interpreted as being racially insensitive.
¡°I apologize. Never meant any harm. I can see how it could¡¯ve been misinterpreted.¡±
I did not mean for my tweet to come off that way. I can see how it was interpreted as being insensitive, completely. I saw the pic on a Halloween Instagram and didn’t think it would be interpreted as being racially insensitive.
¡ª Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) October 22, 2017
Reinhart isn¡¯t the first to be called racially insensitive over an ill-advised Halloween costume. Julianne Hough was also accused of blackface in 2013 when she dressed up as Crazy Eyes from ¡°Orange Is The New Black.¡± Hilary Duff offended people in 2016 with a pilgrim and Native American couple¡¯s costume.
Most don¡¯t always think about the deeper implications of Halloween outfits, but at least the 22-year-old responded quickly by issuing an apology and owning her mistake.
And hopefully, everyone learned a lesson this year.