Lili Reinhart Apologizes for “Racially Insensitive” Halloween Costume Photo


Lili Reinhart Apologizes for “Racially Insensitive” Halloween Costume Photo

Lili Reinhart

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Lili Reinhart has apologized for posting what she late called a “racially sensitive” photo of a person in costume.

The 21-year-old Riverdale actress posted on Twitter this weekend a DeviantArt photo she found on Instagram of a woman dressed up as a “demon,” sporting a black bodysuit and black-colored body paint on her face and arms.

“Found my Halloween costume!!” Reinhart wrote. “Inspired by the color of my soul.”

The pic spurred mixed reactions. Some people accused her of “doing blackface.” Others said they did not find the photo offensive. Nonetheless, she deleted the tweet and apologized.

“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,” she wrote early on Sunday. “I apologize. Never meant any harm. I can see how it could’ve been misinterpreted.”

Reinhart is not the first celebrity to be accused of doing blackface and brownface on Halloween.

Julianne Houghcame under fire for a photo showing her wearing dark makeup while portraying Uzo Aduba‘s character Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black.

“It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way,” she said. “I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”

Heidi Klum, known for her elaborate Halloween costumes, angered some people with 2008 look; the Hindi goddess Kali, which she played with blue body paint.

Colton Haynes has also been accused of doing blackface a couple of times, including in Halloween in 2011, when he dressed up as Kanye West, and 2012, when he wore a Gandhi costume. In a 2013 livestream, he apologized.

Published at Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:14:58 +0000

Priscilla Presley Says She Has Not Quit the Church of Scientology

Priscilla Presley

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Priscilla has not left the (Scientology) building!

Despite reports to the contrary, Priscilla Presley has not left the Church of Scientology, her rep confirms to E! News.

Over the weekend, the Daily Mailreported that the 72-year-old, who is believed to have been a member of since the death of her ex-husband Elvis Presley, told friends she had quit the controversial religion. 

According to the site, a source said that she quit in 2014 and that originally, “Priscilla reached out to John Travolta after Elvis died in 1977 and that’s how she ended up in the church.” The source added, “She has been in it ever since and she raised her daughter Lisa Marie in it.”

But it appears as if the tried and true member has not gone anywhere.

Scientology was founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1955 and boasts several luminaries and celebs as members. However, in recent times, former celebrity members, like Leah Remini and director Paul Haggis, have gone public denouncing Scientology and its controversial practices.

According to the website What Is Scientology, which is owned and operated by Church of Scientology International, Priscilla has said in the past, “L Ron Hubbard researched man and has carefully and precisely mapped a route out of the madness, misery and unwanted conditions one can encounter in life. When applied exactly, the technology produces incredible results. Those results are very definite and eternal.”

The statement continued, “Were it not for Scientology, I would either be completely insane or dead by now. I am forever grateful for the technology of Scientology and to Mr. Hubbard who dedicated his life to helping man and this planet, as well as to the people who have dedicated their lives to helping others through Scientology.”

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Published at Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:13:40 +0000