As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation, celebrities are still managing to make headlines from the comfort of their homes. And somehow, with no tools at their disposal but their cellphones, they’re managing to do majorly cringe-worthy stuff.
Actress Tori Spelling, 46, is in hot water after posting a controversial Instagram photo. The photo showed Spelling’s daughter, Hattie, having fun with her mom during self-isolation. Hattie’s father and Spelling’s husband, Dean McDermott, was not there.
E! News reports that “the picture showed the youngster wearing a green handkerchief on her head and using Cheetos snacks tied to the edges of her fingers to simulate long nail extensions.”
Tori Spelling captioned the photo, “Days kept inside we have to get creative. Hattie has become McQuisha in her Cheeto extension nails!”
Some of the comments that Instagram and Twitter users wrote in response to Spelling’s post include:
“Racism takes no days off even during a pandemic. why did you think this was ok?!?! Let me guess ‘ignorance’ and ‘you’re so so sorry.’”
“You’re a racist who tried to be comedic in THIS time ESPECIALLY!”
“Wow that Instagram post was very racist, McQuisha a bandana on her hair and Cheeto nails?”
“@torispelling Is [this] the same child you were just crying about being bullied and called fat??? Maybe you shouldn’t expect sympathy at the same time you are teaching her negative stereotypes”
“#torispelling you’re dead wrong for this. And I wonder how many “ghetto” names you went through before you settled on #McQuisha.”
Perfect example of how white people pass their racist views onto their kids. Taking something as innocent as playing dress-up and corrupting it with blatant racism. Even worse posted it on social media cuz she saw nothing wrong with it? #ToriSpelling https://t.co/v2qZTZrlDA
— Zambi TheGreat (@ZambiTheGreat) March 19, 2020
— MMonroe Is Calling From Inside The House 😷 (@MMonroe4TheShow) March 18, 2020
On Wednesday, Spelling issued a public apology:
“I posted a story the other day that upset many of you. I’m truly sorry. That was NOT the intention at ALL. Hattie is 8. We watch and adore old reruns of ‘Martin.’ She loves the character Shanaynay. She made up that name with ‘Mc’ bc her last name is McDermott. She was reenacting the other the top fun and amazing character from ‘Martin.’”
Spelling continued, “She is innocent and didn’t mean anything by it. I should have thought about how it could have been perceived and misconstrued before I posted. I did not. I’m truly sorry.”
Tori Spelling, who made headlines in January 2019 for being unveiled as the Unicorn on “The Masked Singer,” doesn’t need a cancellation messing up her long career. Hopefully as the pandemic carries on, celebrities get a little better at keeping their strange, often offensive thoughts to themselves.