By Jessie Van Amburg
July 7, 2016

In the aftermath of the violent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both killed by police, celebrities have voiced their frustration with the justice system. Drake penned a powerful letter about how these deaths made him feel “disheartened, emotional and truly scared.” Taraji P. Henson, Jesse Williams and John Legend took to social media to share their feelings about the incident. In a speech Thursday afternoon regarding the shootings, President Obama added that “all Americans should be deeply troubled.”

Somewhere on a boat in the ocean, Mischa Barton was compelled to add her thoughts. In a now-deleted Instagram post that was captured by the New York Post, the O.C. star wrote out a message on gun control and police brutality—next to a picture of herself in a bikini holding a wine glass.

“I’m truly heart broken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution,” she wrote. “This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank god the pigs get caught on camera now.”

Her hashtags urge her followers to “#stop, #reflect and #act appropriately.” What could be more appropriate than writing a missive decrying police brutality, while showing the world that you are far removed from such a threat? The words may have been right-on, but the photo took it far off-message.

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