Lili Reinhart apologized for what she described as a “racially insensitive” photo of a woman in a black costume. The 21-year-old actress posted a picture from DeviantArt on the weekend of a woman dressed as a “demon,” where her skin was dark black.
In the post, she wrote, “found my Halloween costume!! Inspired by the color of my soul!” The image created a prompt social media outrage. Due to the backlash, she deleted the original post and offered an apology to any person she may have offended.
I did not mean for my tweet to come off that way. I can see how it was interpreted as being insensitive, completely. I saw the pic on a Halloween Instagram and didn't think it would be interpreted as being racially insensitive.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) October 22, 2017
The Riverdale star wrote on her social media account that she didn’t mean for her tweet to “come off that way.” She continued, “I apologize. Never meant any harm. I can see how it could’ve been misinterpreted.”
Reinhart isn’t the only Hollywood performer to be accused of “blackface” or “brownface” on Halloween. Social media users criticized Julianne Hough for wearing dark makeup while portraying a character from Orange Is The New Black, Uzo Aduba’s character, Crazy Eyes.
After the outrage, Julianne apologized as well, saying, “it was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way.” The model Heidi Klum came under fire for a Halloween outfit when she dressed up as the Hindu goddess, Kali.
Additionally, social media users accused Colton Haynes of “blackface” when he dressed up as Kanye West for Halloween in 2011. In a live stream in 2013, he apologized for the costume. In recent news, many Halloween costumes have been deemed as inappropriate due to alleged racism and cultural appropriation, with some universities such as Northern Arizona University creating a list of what is acceptable and what is not.