Amber Heard may care about the currently turbulent issue of immigrant’s rights in the United States, but she might want to give a little more thought to her statements before hitting the tweet button.
On Monday night, the Aquaman star posted a warning that there was an ICE checkpoint in her Hollywood neighbourhood.
She then urged her neighbours to, basically, drive home the help.
Amber, 32, has been an advocate for immigrants rights. The Texas native recently travelled back to her home state to protest treatment of families at the U.S. border (even wearing a “Yes, I do care” shirt — in Spanish — mocking first lady Melania Trump’s infamous jacket).
After facing some serious backlash the actress clarified the tweet with more standard, non-racially charged thoughts.
“Checkpoints on your home streets. … Is this the ‘great’ America we’re aiming for?” she wrote. “Raids, fences and police-state-like checkpoints don’t feel like the ‘land of the free’ our immigrant ancestors built.”
She has since deleted the offending tweet, and somewhat responded controversy saying the noise was a distraction.
With this human rights crisis being so politicized, it is hard to make a simple statement w/out it being used to distract from the real issues. Its hard for everyone to not be negatively affected by this subject n some way. pic.twitter.com/nZ0PrMet4G
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) July 3, 2018
But the damage was done. The Twittersphere quickly called her out as tone-deaf and accused her of being “racist”.
I can see where you were going but somewhere along the way you took a wrong turn. Delete this sis
— Brown Cow Stunning (@AndiSachs) July 3, 2018
I would expect you to have a little more sense than this, but… you did date Johnny Depp pic.twitter.com/SdPvoLIAnH
— Trai 🌙 (@TheWizardofYASS) July 3, 2018
When you try to be the "wokest" of the "woke". but then type this.. https://t.co/T9E36YePNM
— 🎀👄Dash👄🎀 (@dash4442) July 3, 2018
Amber heard: aye other rich white folk I heard they’re doing ice checks, so drive them home if you don’t wanna lose the help!
— 𝕘𝕚𝕘𝕚 (@korygraysn) July 3, 2018
Some of her fans, however, tried to give her the benefit of the doubt, theorising that the actress’s heart was in the right place and she was actually taking a deliberate jab at her privileged peers.
Maybe I’m misreading this tweet, but she’s not stereotyping Mexican people, she’s calling out her fellow Hollywood white elites that’ll hire Mexican workers for dirt cheap etc?
— dennis (@cookiedusterden) July 3, 2018
I think the tweet is meant to be sarcastic…sorta calling out the elites who do hire these ppl in these profession
I could be wrong here…but that's how I read it upon first glance
— Neonaidus (@Ndymium6) July 3, 2018
Not buying that? Well, neither are other tweeters, including this one, who summed things up succinctly.
Just kept spinning, just keep spinning… pic.twitter.com/2qwfIpdEJ7
— Daytomann (@Daytomann) July 3, 2018
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