Lili Reinhart Apologizes for Doing Breonna Taylor Meme
Multiple stars of Riverdale have tried to use their positions to help the Black Lives Matter movement. That includes Lili Reinhart, but she recently offended people with an Instagram post. Find out what it was and why she apologized.
Lili Reinhart and Asha Bromfield talked about representation on ‘Riverdale’
There are many conversations happening about the lack of diversity and inequality in Hollywood during the Black Lives Matter movement. Reinhart put a call out on Twitter for people in the Black community she should have on her Instagram to share their thoughts.
She later talked to Asha Bromfield, who played Melody on Riverdale, on Instagram Live about the problems their show had with the writing of Black characters.
“In one breath, being a part of [Riverdale] was the most profound, historic, exciting thing for me as a Black actress, and on the other end, it was devastating,” Bromfield said according to Stylecaster. “We stand in the background and we have a lot of attitude, or we don’t talk. Or, we’re only included when we are uplifting white characters.”
Bromfield is no longer on the show. She talked about how their characters were scaled back to help other characters.
“I’m so much more, and Black people are so much more, than support systems,” she said. “It becomes toxic messaging when we are perpetuating this idea that there’s any less validity to my own life than yours, that my sole purpose in this world is to support someone who looks like you.”
She apologized for doing a Breonna Taylor meme
Reinhart posted a topless photo at the Salton Sea on Instagram. She captioned it with “Now that my sideboob has gotten your attention, Breonna Taylor’s murderers have not been arrested. Demand justice.”
This follows a social media trend of people posting random things to get attention and putting a call out for justice for Taylor in the caption. Some people are finding this trend offensive and referring it as turning the death of a Black woman into a social media meme.
The Riverdale star apologized for the post on Twitter on June 29. “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. It was never my intent to insult anyone and I’m truly sorry to those that were offended,” she tweeted.
She followed it up with, “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.” The post is no longer on her Instagram page.