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Tori Spelling Issues Apology for Young Daughter's Offensive 'McQuisha' Imitation

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By Allie Elaine

Earlier in the week, Tori Spelling posted a controversial photo of her 8-year-old daughter dressed as "McQuisha", who was inspired by a character in the classic TV series, "Martin". The self-created costume featured a bandana over the young girls head, and extra long "Cheetos" for nails. Spelling stated that the costume was inspired by "days inside" due to the encouraged self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Being that the photo seemed to make light of some very offensive stereotypes surrounding women of color, Spelling faced immediate backlash.

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One user responded to the tone deaf photo by writing, "You’re a racist who tried to be comedic in THIS time ESPECIALLY! How Ironic is it that you associated a bandana, long nails and an urban to be a dress up game with you daughter children are TAUGHT to be RACIST AND INSENSITIVE TO CULTURAL MISAPPROPRIATION!!!! #🖕🏿🖕🏾🖕🏽," while another commented, "Racism takes no days off even during a pandemic @torispelling why did you think this was ok ?!?!?! Let me guess ‘ignorance and you’re so so sorry.'"

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Since receiving the backlash, Spelling has taken to Instagram to issue an apology for the mindless post. She wrote, "I posted a story the other day that upset many of you. I'm truly sorry. That was NOT the intention at ALL. Hattie is 8. We watch and adore old reruns of Martin. She loves the character Shanaynay. She made up that name with 'Mc' bc her last name is McDermott. She was reenacting the over the top fun and amazing character from Martin."

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She concluded her apology with, "She is innocent and didn't mean anything by it.I should have thought about how it could have been perceived and misconstrued before I posted. I did not. I'm truly sorry."

Just before becoming the center of the scandal, Spelling was busy celebrating her firstborn child's birthday. Spelling posted a lengthy and heartfelt tribute to her son, writing, "My firstborn ❤️ is 13 today on the 13th. He’s officially a teenager. I can’t believe my first tiny teacher on the journey of motherhood is now teaching me the art of having a teen. I’m so proud of him."

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"Liam Aaron McDermott @liammcdermott2007 you will forever be my Monkey. I’ve loved experiencing every stage of this lifetime with you thus far. Everyday you amaze me and I can’t wait to continue to watch you grow and evolve," Spelling continued. "You are so kind and funny and smart. Although you’ll soon be taller than me you forever will be that little babe they placed in my arms 13 years ago today. The little human that made me a mom. You changed my life the moment I found out you were growing in my belly. My whole world changed. My why in life became you! And, then all of your brothers and sisters to follow."

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