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Tori Spelling Apologizes For Daughter Dressing Up To Look Like 'Martin' Character 'Shanaynay'

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By Kay Lewis

We might have to get ready for more upsetting and “offensive” posts from tone deaf celebrities on social media. This quarantine has only been going on for a few days in some parts of the world and people are already letting the stir-crazy go to their head. Actress Tori Spelling just took to Instagram a few weeks ago to talk about her oldest daughter and son being bullied to the point of possible homeschooling. The mom of 5 wrote a long post accompanied by photos of her kids Liam and Stella. Where she was pleading with parents to do better and educate their kids on bullying.

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Well, now in a twist of fate, Spelling is being called out for posting a tone-deaf photo that itself could be considering a form of bullying. During like day what? 2 of this mass self quarantine Spelling posted a photo of her daughter Hattie with crunchy Cheetos on her fingers to mimic long nails and a green bandana on her head. She captioned the photo “days kept inside we have to get creative...” The prod mom continued. “Hattie has become McQuisha in her Cheeto extension nails.” While we can see the innocence in the game of dress up, maybe don’t gear it towards any one race.

Tori Spelling at an event for BH 90210
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She immediately received hate for appropriating a culture and being so blind that she though it was a good idea to document it. One Twitter follower certainly did not spare her feelings. “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!!!! #🖕🏿🖕🏾🖕🏽.” Spelling immediatel saw the error of her ways and unlike most people she issued an apology.

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Spelling who is married to Dean McDermott addressed the controversy head on with an apology posted to her Instagram Stories. “I posted a story the other day that upset many of you. I’m truly sorry. That was NOT the intention at all” wrote Spelling. She also went on to ask forgiveness for her daughter who she reminded us all is 8 years old. “Hattie is 8. We watch and adore old reruns of Martin. She loves the character Shanaynay. She made up she made up that name with the ‘Mc’ because her last name is McDermott.” Which honestly more and more we can see why she might have thought it was okay.

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Spelling concluded her apology by reiterating how much her daughter loves the character and was in no way trying to be racist. “She was reenacting the over the top fun and amazing character from Martin. 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.” We will admit that Spelling’s apology seemed very heartfelt. Although it would have been better if she could have avoided it altogether. That being said, you live and you learn.

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