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Kim Kardashian And Mischa Barton Are Under Fire For Posting Bikini Pics After Tragedies

Both women recently posted bikini shots in the wake of tragedies.

Kim Kardashian and Mischa Barton aren't two names you'd expect to see in the same sentence, but both are facing a hefty amount of social media backlash for the same reason.

On Tuesday, 37 year-old Alton Sterling was fatally shot down by police outside of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana convenience store. The next day, 32 year-old Philando Castile was shot and killed by police in Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken tail light; his fiance, who was riding in the car with him at the time, livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

It's been a week full of tragedy, and so when Kim K posted a scantily-clad selfie on Thursday, it just didn't sit well with many.

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"Trying to understand why you are not speaking out against systemic racism and racial police brutality," one commenter wrote. "Remember your children are black!"

"I've lost all respect for you," wrote another. "You have black children and you have yet to speak on what's going on. SMH."

For what it's worth, Kim did retweet John Legend's thoughtful comment on Twitter, which reads, "We should not have to jump through hoops to prove black people shouldn't be shot by police during routine traffic stops."

Mischa Barton is facing similar backlash as Kim; though the actress did speak out about police brutality, her choice of photo - a snapshot of a bikini-clad Barton riding a yacht and looking thoughtful - ruffled more than a few feathers.

"I'm truly heart broken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution. This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank God the pigs get caught on camera now," she captioned the now-deleted post. "It's unthinkable and an embarrassment to America. The country I was brought up in. Somebody make change. We need gun control and unity. And a real President so think about that when this election is around the corner. The world is a precarious place right now. #stop #reflect and #act appropriately."

While the statement is well-intentioned, the choice to use a photo of herself while speaking out about an issue that disproportionately affects black Americans rubbed many the wrong way, US Weekly reports.

"Like the sentiment, but hard to take you seriously while you post a picture of you sipping alcohol on a yacht," one commenter wrote.

"This isn't about you. Change the pic if you want people to take your expressed sentiment seriously," another commenter wrote.

Other celebrities that have spoken out since the shootings include Drake, Zendaya, and Beyonce.


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