Reinhart had posted a Halloween costume image of a demon, with black makeup on the face and a black outfit. That made some fans uncomfortable, seeing it as blackface. Others said it wasn't blackface -- unlike what Julianne Hough did by darkening her face to play Crazy Eyes from "Orange Is the New Black" -- because it had nothing to do with African-Americans or culture. It was just a demon costume.
Reinhart deleted her original post, but nothing stays dead online. Here's the image in question:
Lili tweeted this out but she never intended any harm, as you can see. pic.twitter.com/332i8XnvHR— satan (@nicky_vidaca) October 22, 2017
She wasn't even dressed in the costume herself, just making a joke about her dark soul -- and maybe a nod to Dark Betty on "Riverdale."
But she recognized why it upset some fans, so she removed the pic 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.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) October 22, 2017
I apologize. Never meant any harm. I can see how it could've been misinterpreted.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) October 22, 2017
Many fans replied with confusion about the problem, or blamed others for being so easily offended. But, to be honest, most of the replies appeared to come from white fans, who aren't really in position to be deciding what's racially insensitive in this context.
Here's an example of the debate the pic and apology sparked:
the IGNORANCE in these replies. blackface is not funny or cute & is racist regardless of intent— savannAHHHHH]]>💫🙄💫💀👻💀👻