Actress AnnaLynne McCord addressed the crisis of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a poem that earned her fiery criticism on social media.
The 34-year-old “90210” alum may not have anticipated that her original poem to Russian President Vladimir Putin would have sparked the mockery it did as she shared it following Russian troops invading neighboring Ukraine on Thursday.
“Dear President Vladimir Putin, I’m so sorry that I was not your mother,” McCord began her spoken-word poem.
“If I was your mother, you would have been so loved, held in the arms of joyous light. Never with this story’s plight, the world unfurled before our eyes a pure demise of nation’s sitting peaceful under a night sky,” she continued.
Dear Mister President Vladimir Putin… pic.twitter.com/LbDFBHVWJf
— AnnaLynne McCord (@IAMannalynnemcc) February 24, 2022
“If I was your mother, the world would have been warm. So much laughter and joy and nothing would harm. I can’t imagine the stain, the soul-stealing pain that the little boy you must have seen and believed and the formulation of thought quickly taught that you lived in a cruel, unjust world,” McCord went on. “Is this why you now decide no one will get the best of you? Is this why you do not hide nor away shy from taking back the world?”
Continuing, McCord asked Putin, “Was it because so early in life, all that strife wracked your little body with fear?”
“If I was a mother, if the world was cold, I would’ve died to make you warm. I’d have died to protect you from the unjust, the violence, the terror, the uncertainty. I would have died to give you life. Oh dear, Mr. President Putin, if only I’d been your mother. Perhaps the torture of unwrit youth would not within your heart imbue ascription to such fealty against that world that you thought was so cruel,” the actress said.
“Perhaps you would hold dear human life. And on this night, instead of Mother Russia you would call me and I would set your mind quite free with the love that only a mother can give and only a mother can take away,” she added.
“When hold, she doesn’t harm at bay and leaves her boy for the promise of a man, whatever your story, Mr. President, Putin, I can’t imagine how it feels in your heart, but I know if I was your mother, I would be a start towards the awareness of what a powerful being of light you could be if your mind was only free from the violence you’ve seen when you were just two or three,” she concluded. “I cannot believe I was born too late. In a different place when I would have loved you so. Watched to play wherever you go.”
With more than 20 million views as of this writing, the tweeted poem sparked an immediate backlash as many lamented that celebrities were being tone-deaf and insensitive again, much like when the COVID-19 pandemic brought cringe-y takes such as the much-panned Gal Gadot’s “Imagine” cover.
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) February 24, 2022
One creative Twitter user offered his own poem to the actress, saying “I’m sorry I’m not your husband.”
Dear AnnaLynne McCord I’m sorry I’m not your husband… pic.twitter.com/qOCBUD8hl7
— Ryan Harper Gray (@ryanharpergray) February 24, 2022
Just sing “imagine” next time. It’s easier than whatever this is.
— El suspendo Bloomberg ¡viva Los Villanos! (@elsuspendo) February 24, 2022
The fact AnnaLynne McCord’s video came out 12 hours into the attack on Ukraine is truly baffling. Like she didn’t even wait a full day she straight up looked at the Imagine video and said “you know I can do something worse and have it come out faster.”
— Jerome! (@JeromeM94Movies) February 25, 2022
THIS WILL DEFINITELY STOP HIM!! YOU ARE SO STRONG AND BRAVE ANNALYNNE MCCORD THANK YOU FOR THIS LIL STORY TIME🥺😢 https://t.co/vdbMT1OiR3
— mila (@jenowoozen) February 24, 2022
Okay who had AnnaLynne McCord on Main Character Bingo
— kylie sparks🖤🥂⚾️🏀 (@kyliesparks) February 24, 2022
It’s been over 12 hours now. Has the AnnaLynne McCord poem ended the war yet?
— David Proctor (@procmama) February 25, 2022
you’re all going to feel terrible when annalynne mccord wins the nobel peace prize for talking putin into withdrawing
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) February 24, 2022
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