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“Riverdale” Star Apologizes For ‘Racist’ Tweet, And Now People Are Even More Offended
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“Riverdale” Star Apologizes For ‘Racist’ Tweet, And Now People Are Even More Offended

In this day and age, the Internet’s eye for racism has never been keener. This is helpful when real, insidious examples are publicly identified and called out. It creates problems, however, when hyper-sensitive ‘social justice warriors’ decry it where it most likely doesn’t exist. Riverdale star Lili Reinhart unwittingly put herself at the center of this debate when she tweeted a photo of a Halloween costume idea – a demonic creature dressed in all-black and adorned with pitch black body paint.

The blackface accusations came flying in almost immediately, leading Reinhart to hastily delete the photo and issue a sincere apology, insisting that she meant no harm and didn’t initially see how the photo could be perceived as ‘racially insensitive.’ As a heated debate raged on, though, it appeared that even most People of Color on Twitter agreed that the costume was in no way offensive, with some appalled that others would liken the image of an evil creature to a Black person.

Just like Dove’s recent ad fiasco, it could be argued that this tweet was a little too risky. In this case, however, people seem more convinced that it was a mass overreaction. Scroll down to judge for yourself, and let us know what conclusion you come to in the comments.

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart is at the center of a new race debate after posting a Halloween tweet

The photo depicted a pitch black-painted demon, drawing accusations of Reinhart promoting blackface

Following an uproar by certain users, Reinhart promptly deleted the tweet and issued an apology

Many people, however, argue that she had nothing to apologize for, instead blaming the accusers

Was this too risky of a tweet, or a non-existent issue? Tell us below!

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Dani Donovan
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4 years ago

Umm... I’m black. Thought the costume was cool. Doesn’t look like a black person - looks like a demon.

A Ghost
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4 years ago

Yeah the responses that it looks like a black person are worse

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Gornot
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4 years ago

People are absolute idiots, especially on Twitter. Literally nothing wrong with the tweet, not even by a long shot. Getting triggered over face paint is totally ridiculous. Here's a news flash, you morons: Rock and metal bands have been doing black and white face paint for decades, it has nothing to do with race but the culture of the music, are you going to now go hate on thousands of such bands now? Get a goddamn life and mind your own business.

Katie Smith
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4 years ago

Well Twitter trolls tend to have no life other than being professionally offended and stirring up controversy where there is none.

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Katinka Min
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4 years ago

Most comments are right: The complaints are what's racist. I mean, yes, the skin tone in that lighting is dark brown rather than black, but, seriously, if you see a person of colour in that picture and not a demon there's something wrong with you, not with Reinhardt.

Jay Jackson
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4 years ago

Complainers weren't racist just dumb. There was nothing racist about complaining about, just showed a profound ignorance of what blackface actually is.

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Dani Donovan
Community Member
4 years ago

Umm... I’m black. Thought the costume was cool. Doesn’t look like a black person - looks like a demon.

A Ghost
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah the responses that it looks like a black person are worse

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Gornot
Community Member
4 years ago

People are absolute idiots, especially on Twitter. Literally nothing wrong with the tweet, not even by a long shot. Getting triggered over face paint is totally ridiculous. Here's a news flash, you morons: Rock and metal bands have been doing black and white face paint for decades, it has nothing to do with race but the culture of the music, are you going to now go hate on thousands of such bands now? Get a goddamn life and mind your own business.

Katie Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Well Twitter trolls tend to have no life other than being professionally offended and stirring up controversy where there is none.

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Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

Most comments are right: The complaints are what's racist. I mean, yes, the skin tone in that lighting is dark brown rather than black, but, seriously, if you see a person of colour in that picture and not a demon there's something wrong with you, not with Reinhardt.

Jay Jackson
Community Member
4 years ago

Complainers weren't racist just dumb. There was nothing racist about complaining about, just showed a profound ignorance of what blackface actually is.

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