Debra Messing stirred up controversy on Wednesday after she tweeted a selfie in support of Gun Violence Awareness Day amid breaking news of a murder-suicide on the UCLA college campus.
“HORRENDOUS Watching news about shooting at UCLA with casualties while taking selfie to bring awareness to gun violence,” her since-deleted tweet read.
Messing meant well, but unfortunately her caption was taken the wrong the way by many fans.
Twitter users slammed the actress for being a “narcissistic, self-absorbed celebrity” and for just seeking “attention.” Check out a few of their tweets below.
— RollTideRoll (@CrimsonTider74) June 1, 2016
Messing took to her Facebook page to apologize for and explain the tweet. She also posted the apology on Twitter.
“I’d like to speak to the selfie I posted, part of a predetermined day of advocacy whose goal is to bring awareness to gun violence in America,” Messing wrote. “We were all asked to post a picture today wearing this T-shirt. I was so shocked and struck by the horrible IRONY that yet another shooting was occurring as I was participating in this effort. In an effort to highlight the irony, I posted a picture referencing the breaking news. I am heartbroken and embarrassed that many people misconstrued my actions and that I caused offense. The horrendous irony of the timing, I was hoping, would shine an even brighter light on the crisis and need for all of us to do something together to make the US safer. I am so truly sorry.”