Mischa Barton is learning the hard way that nothing disappears from the internet for good. The former O.C. star and doomed Dancing with the Stars contestant is being slammed for an insensitive photo she posted on Instagram with a caption about the death of Alton Sterling, the young black man who was fatally shot during an altercation with two policemen earlier this week.
In a bizarre post captured by Us Weekly, Barton offered a tribute to Sterling, saying she is “truly heartbroken” by the 37-year-old’s shocking killing by police in Baton Rouge. Mischa also went on to slam U.S. gun laws and warned voters to make a change and find a “real President.”
“I’m truly heartbroken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution,” Barton wrote. “This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank God the pigs get caught on camera now. It’s unthinkable and an embarrassment to America. The country I was brought up in. Somebody make change. We need gun control and unity. And a real President so think about that when this election is around the corner. The world is a precarious place right now. #stop #reflect and #act appropriately.”
Unfortunately, while Mischa Barton’s post may have been well intentioned, the actress came under fire due to the unusual photo she posted with the caption. In the pic, Mischa is wearing a bikini and sipping a cocktail on a yacht.
I don't think Mischa Barton could have picked a worse photo to showcase her solidarity. pic.twitter.com/vHkeGKuUtQ— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 7, 2016
It didn’t take long for social media followers to have a field day over Mischa Barton’s ridiculous choice of scenery for her caption about a police brutality victim. Barton has since deleted the offensive post, but she has not publicly commented on her faux pas. As to be expected, the backlash against Mischa Barton has been brutal, with some calling out her entitlement and others accusing the actress of being a symbol of “everything that’s wrong” in the world.
While Mischa Barton screwed up royally with her tacky post, another celebrity gave Alton Sterling a much more suitable tribute. After the police shooting deaths of Sterling and another young black man, Philando Castile, this week, Beyoncé posted an empowering message on Instagram as well as a statement on her official website mourning “these robberies of lives.” Beyoncé urged her fans to contact their local politicians, but, unlike Mischa Barton, she didn’t pose in a bikini to do so.
In addition to Beyoncé, other big-name stars, including Zendaya and Amy Schumer, posted tributes using hashtags of the names of the innocent victims of police brutality.
How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose?— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 6, 2016
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling
According to USA Today, Alton Sterling was shot by police outside a convenience store in Louisiana as he peddled CDs and DVDs outside the store. Philando Castile was pulled over for a broken taillight in Minnesota, where an officer shot him as he reached into his pocket for his ID.
Mischa Barton definitely didn’t make any new fans with her ridiculously inappropriate post. Barton most recently appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars where she was the second “star” booted from the show. Barton proved to be a polarizing contestant, but she later told TV Guide viewers weren’t seeing the whole story. Still, a source close to the show told Radar Online that Mischa was rude to DWTS staff employees. The source described Mischa as “the most self-entitled and rude celebrity that the employees of the show have ever had to work with.”
Unfortunately, Mischa’s post about Alton Sterling seems to fit that description, too.
Here are some of the angry responses to Mischa Barton’s ridiculous post about the recent police shootings.
Mischa Barton feeling that social injustice- from her yacht... With a drink in hand- great show of solidarity— O.A. (@oakpan24) July 7, 2016
Mischa Barton forgot to use the hashtag #YachtLivesMatter.— Evan J'daté Kessler (@EvanJKessler) July 7, 2016
"This is my, 'Lost in deep thought contemplating black people from my yacht where none have ever stepped foot' pose." - Mischa Barton— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) July 7, 2016
No Mischa Barton, looking sad while day-drinking on your yacht is not what is needed right now. SMH— Room with views (@RealParkdale) July 7, 2016
Wish I could have been there to toss Misha Barton off that boat once she took the picture... Clueless idiot— D.Miles (@OctobersOwnTae) July 7, 2016
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