Amber Heard slammed for 'racist' tweet

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

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 Heard has been accused of “racism” after posting this tweet that she has since deleted. Source: Twitter/AmberHeard

Facepalm.

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.

Amber Heard has deleted the offending tweet but the damage appears to have been done. Source: Getty

“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.


But the damage was done. The Twittersphere quickly called her out as tone-deaf and accused her of being “racist”.





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.



Not buying that? Well, neither are other tweeters, including this one, who summed things up succinctly.



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