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Lili Reinhart apologizes for blackface Halloween tweet

  • Lili Reinhart, 21, apologized on Sunday for offending with Halloween tweet
  • She tweeted picture she found of a demon wearing black with skin painted black
  • ‘Found my Halloween costume!! Inspired by the color of my soul,’ she said
  • Deleted tweet after accusations of racism for similarity to blackface
  • Some commenters melted down, demanding ‘sensitivity training’ for the star

Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has apologized to her fans, after being hit with accusations of racism over a Halloween costume idea with black face paint.

‘Found my Halloween costume!! Inspired by the color of my soul,’ the 21-year-old actress tweeted on Sunday, alongside a picture of a woman costumed as a demon with her skin painted black.

The image, not intended to have racial implications, immediately drew comparisons to blackface, the antiquated practice of non-blacks performing in makeup imitating black people.

Lili Reinhart has landed in hot water for a tweet that accidentally evoked blackface

The 21-year-old actress deleted the tweet and apologized to her fans after the outcry

The 21-year-old actress deleted the tweet and apologized to her fans after the outcry

‘Even if it wasn’t black face (it is), you’re still using the skin color to describe your soul, which is offensive,’ one person tweeted.

‘Maybe CW should start sending it’s under the age of 30 cast of Riverdale & other shows to sensitivity training & take history classes!’ wrote another.

Reinhart speedily deleted the Halloween tweet and apologized.

‘I apologize. Never meant any harm. I can see how it could’ve been misinterpreted,’ she tweeted.

‘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.’ 

In recent days, the Los Angeles-based actress has taken to Twitter to show off her passion for special effects make-up and Halloween costumes.

The star has nailed everything down from iconic celebrity looks like David Bowie and movie characters like Jessica Rabbit, to creating stunningly convincing bloody limbs and gory gashes.

Reinhart has often shown off her passion for special effects and costume makeup in the past 

Reinhart has often shown off her passion for special effects and costume makeup in the past 

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