‘Riverdale’ actress apologizes for going topless to ‘demand justice’ for Breonna Taylor

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Actress Lili Reinhart apologized for a “tone deaf” post she shared on social media in an attempt to “demand justice” for Breonna Taylor.

The “Riverdale” star came under fire this week after posting a topless photo of herself and a caption mentioning her “sideboob” in an apparent effort to bring attention to the case of Taylor, who was fatally shot by Kentucky police in March.

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“Now that my sideboob has gotten your attention, Breonna Taylor’s murderers have not been arrested,” Reinhart wrote in a since-deleted post, according to Us Weekly. “Demand Justice.”

The 23-year-old actress was slammed on social media for trying to get personal attention at the expense of Taylor, the 26-year-old African-American emergency medical worker who was killed when Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered her home with a no-knock search warrant.

Reinhart came back to fans with an apology for her post, explaining how she “made a mistake” in her Twitter message.

“I’ve always tried to use my platform for good. And speak up about things that are important to me,” she wrote. “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.”

“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,” Reinhart added.

The actress has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, using her social media platform to get her more than three million followers to get involved and speak out against what she sees as racial injustice.

“I want to say that I am ashamed of the racism that exists in this country,” she tweeted last month. “We are taught to look at our police officers as helpful and friendly when we learn about ‘leaders’ in elementary school. Our ‘leaders’ have failed us today.”

Though Reinhart was slammed for her initial post about Taylor, her apology tweet had many Twitter users coming to her defense.

 

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