Mischa Barton apologizes for Instagram post following police shootings
Mischa Barton has apologized for her controversial Instagram post following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. “I’m human, I’m not perfect, and I’m sorry if my Instagram post went out of context,” she wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t mean to offend anyone.”
After videos emerged of the two police shootings, many celebrities had powerful reactions. One of the strangest, though, came from former The O.C. star and erstwhile Dancing with the Stars contestant Mischa Barton, who posted a picture of herself on Instagram standing on a boat in a bikini, with the caption “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.”
Though perhaps well-intentioned, the visual dichotomy of Barton’s post angered fans, and she eventually deleted it.
On Friday, Barton tweeted her apology, preceded by a pair of additional posts relating to the issue.
An hour later, Barton commented on the five police officers who were killed by snipers in Dallas during a peaceful protest against police brutality. “Humanity is slipping through our fingers,” she said. “Pray for the victims. Pray for our country. Pray for the world.”