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Reality Star Slammed For Private Jet Photo During Irma (Photo)

| by Sarah Zimmerman

"The Real Housewives of Miami" star Lisa Hochstein was slammed over social media on Sept. 9 after sharing a photo of her and her family standing outside their private jet just before escaping Hurricane Irma's wrath. 

Hochstein shared the photo to Instagram, which shows her holding her 2-year-old son Logan and standing next to her husband and two dogs, according to E! News. The family stands smiling next to their private jet just before they took off to escape the hurricane. Her husband is plastic surgeon Dr. Lenny Hochstein.

In the original caption, the reality star thanked her family and friends "who have reached out to help, offer a place to stay, offer help to get out of Miami or just checked on us!" 

The family originally wasn't going to evacuate, but decided to leave "when we realized that this thing wasn't slowing down."

Hochstein immediately got backlash, with many saying that the photo was in poor taste.

"All these A holes posing and showing off w their private jets in Miami, why don't u offer help families and animals that can't get out?" tweeted model Joanna Krupa, according to the Daily Mail.

"Talk about tone deaf," wrote another person. "Let me stop as we evacuate for a photo in front of our private jet."

Hochstein has since defended her decision to post the picture, replacing her original caption with an updated one to address the flurry of criticism. 

"Although it's none of your damn business we were not the only ones in this plane," she wrote in part. "Every seat was occupied and my son had to sit in my lap."

"EVERYONE IS POSTING ON [social media] about how they escaped!" she wrote. "This happens to be mine and I don't need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO. We also did not have paper work for our dogs to fly commercial as every vet was closed and every flight was booked and there is no way in hell we would leave them behind. Fortunately we were able to get a Plane to take them with us."

Irma has caused at least 12 deaths in the U.S. and left approximately 6.7 million people without power, ABC News reports. The category 4 storm touched down in the Florida Keys Sept. 10, leaving a path of devastation as it made its way up the state.

About 6.5 million people in Florida were ordered to evacuate.

Sources: E! News, Daily Mail / Featured Image: NASA/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Lisa Hochstein/Instagram via E! News,  Lisa Hochstein/Instagram

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