Actress Mischa Barton joined a host of celebrities in taking to social media to comment on the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Barton -- best known for her television role on "The O.C." -- posted on Instagram that the killings are an “embarrassment to America,” while calling for “gun control, unity and a real President so think about that when this election is around the corner," reports Australian website News.com.au.
“I’m truly heart broken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution,” she added. “This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank god the pigs get caught on camera now.”
The post created a wave of controversy because she accompanied it with a photo of herself posing on a yacht.
The awkward juxtaposition led to some witty comments in response. One reader quipped, “Who among us hasn’t mourned Black death whilst sipping wine on a yacht?”
Another wrote: “Mischa Barton forgot to use hashtag #YachtLivesMatter..”
Another Instagram user commented, “So is Mischa Barton inviting all black people to safety on her yacht?!? Isn’t this how Roots miniseries started?”
In response to the backlash, Barton took down the photo and apologized, reports Entertainment Weekly. On Twitter she wrote: “I’m human, I’m not perfect, and I’m sorry if my Instagram post went out of context. I didn’t mean to offend anyone.”
Interestingly, her reference to police as “pigs” apparently raised no eyebrows. Although not as common today, the term was frequently used by elements of the counterculture beginning in the late 1960s, most notably by the Black Panthers, who created the militant chant: “Revolution has come / Off the pig! / Time to pick up the gun.”