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‘Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart Draws Controversy After Posting ‘Racially Insensitive’ Halloween Costume

Some fans were disappointed in Reinhart’s tweet, which featured a devil painted with full-body black makeup.

“I saw the pic on a Halloween Instagram and didn’t think it would be interpreted as being racially insensitive.”

Lili Reinhart came under fire this week for promoting a Halloween costume some considered racially insensitive.

The Riverdale star, who plays Betty Cooper on The CW dramedy, posted a picture of a demon costume to Twitter on Monday.

The costume featured a full body of black paint, horns, and claws.

“Found my Halloween costume!!” the 21-year-old shared enthusiastically. “Inspired by the color of my soul.”

The tweet has since been deleted, but not before it sparked a debate on what’s known as “black face,” or the act of “dressing up” as someone with a deeper skin tone.

While some fans saw the costume as a playful, demonic entity and nothing more…

… others considered Reinhart’s post tone-deaf and inappropriate.

Reinhart apologized for the blunder shortly after erasing all history of the offending post.

“I did not mean for my tweet to come off that way. I can see how it was interpreted as being insensitive, completely,” she said.

“I saw the pic on a Halloween Instagram and didn’t think it would be interpreted as being racially insensitive.”

“I apologize. Never meant any harm,” she reiterated in a separate tweet.

“I can see how it could’ve been misinterpreted.”

It’s true that the costume was meant to depict a supernatural being, and not a POC. It’s also true that black paint is a highly controversial substance no matter how it’s used, quick to conjure memories of blatantly racist costumes of the past.

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