July 2, 2020
Lili Reinhart Apologizes After Controversial Instagram Post Calling For Justice For Breonna Taylor

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart has issued a public apology after sharing a controversial and revealing post on Instagram. In the photo that has since been deleted, Reinhart sat on the beach while topless, with her knees covering her chest. In the caption of the post, she called for justice for Breonna Taylor, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Taylor was a young Black woman who was killed after being shot by officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department on March 13. During the very controversial incident, she had been lying in bed with her boyfriend when the three plainclothes officers arrived at her apartment. Taylor was shot eight times despite not having committed any crime.

"Now that my sideboob has gotten your attention, Breonna Taylor's murderers have not been arrested. Demand justice," Reinhart wrote in the caption.

However, after receiving feedback from other social media users, Reinhart determined that her post was insensitive and decided to take it down. She took to Twitter to share an apology to anyone she might have offended. Reinhart empahsized that it had never been her intention to offend anyone by the way that she phrased her caption. She acknowledged that she had been trying to do a good thing by sharing this particular post but ultimately made a mistake that hurt others.

Lili Reinhart poses on the red carpet.
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"I've always tried to use my platform for good. And speak up about things that are important to me. I also can admit when I make a mistake and I made a mistake with my caption," she wrote in her first apology tweet.

Reinhart has been very vocal in her support of equality and of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks. However, she now admits that she is still educating herself on how to be a proper ally of the cause.

"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," she concluded in a secondary tweet.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, Brett Hankison is one of the officers allegedly involved in Taylor's death and has since been fired from the department. The other two officers have been placed on administrative reassignment. However, none of them have been arrested for the incident, despite many calls for justice, not only from Taylor's family but from people all over the United States.