The actress took to social media apparently with good intentions but her message definitely came across as very racist, and people are furious. Amber Heard’s tweet about Immigration and Customs Enforcement got her in hot water.
‘Just heard there’s an ICE checkpoint in Hollywood, a few blocks from where I live. Everyone better give their housekeepers, nannies, and landscapers a ride home tonight,’ she wrote.
As you can only imagine, criticism came quickly, and Heard was slammed for being ‘racist’ causing her to eventually delete her tweet.
Although she did not apologize, she tried to explain that ‘With this human rights crisis being politicized, it’s hard to make a simple statement without it being used to distract from the real issues. It is hard for everyone to not be negatively affected by this subject in some way.’
‘Checkpoints on your home streets….Is this the ‘great’ America we’re aiming for? Raids, fences, and police-state like checkpoints don’t feel like the ‘land of the free’ our immigrant ancestors built,’ Amber had also wondered on her platform mere minutes after her controversial first tweet about the political issue.
Some users tried to defend her by saying that Amber was only trying to highlight stereotypes.
This morning, the actress kept replying to critics for almost an hour!
When one person agreed with Donald Trump that building a wall is a good idea, Amber argued: ‘Actually most people who are here illegally come by plane and outstayed their visas, not the life-threatening trek across some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain that the wall aims to block.’
‘FYI, police do street checkpoints all the time. Nothing new there. But I guess it might be unheard of in your gated community,’ another user slammed her controversial tweet.
But Heard explained that ‘I grew up with those checkpoints, but that was mls from the border. Fortunately, I don’t live behind gates (or fences), but I do live around and alongside many ppl who face that fate if this continues to escalate.’
Amber Heard has been very involved in protests outside child detention facilities, alongside other stars such as Lena Dunham, Bella Thorne, Joshua Jackson, Connie Britton and Constance Wu.
‘Apartheid was legal. Holocaust was legal. Legality is a matter of power, not justice,’ one sign she held in a pic reads.
‘Law is meant to protect and defend justice, not destroy it,’ she also wrote in the caption.