Melissa Joan Hart Under Fire For ‘Racially Insensitive’ Instagram Post

Published: Wednesday 3rd Jun 2020 by Rashad

‘Clarissa Explains It All’ star Melissa Joan Hart has got some explaining to do herself after she posted a photo to Instagram some are deeming ‘tone deaf’ in light of the heightened conversations around racial privilege and cultural sensitivity.

Taking to the platform Monday (June 1), Hart posted a still photo from the 1935 film ‘The Little Colonel’ to celebrate diversity on screen.  The problem?  The focal Black character in the movie, Mr. Bojangles, has long been pointed to as representative of a problematic trope in African American film history (namely due to the limitations of roles available to actors of color during the time period).

Regardless, the TV actress is learning the hard way about racial insensitivity.  See what we mean inside:

 

 

After Hart posted the above, Twitter and Instagram ignited:

 

 

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After the hoopla, Hart did remove the IG post but (as of time reported) the associated Twitter post remains.

[main photo: Getty Images]

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  1. RacismIsDead June 3, 2020

    Ya’ll are so f****** stupid… just looking for a reason to be offended

    • Happy+n+Rich June 4, 2020

      This.

  2. Clarks0o0ñ June 3, 2020

    Re-Open movie theatres
    Concert halls
    Stadiums
    Gyms
    Churches
    Beaches
    Restaurants
    Etc

    People are bored and restless

  3. Susan June 3, 2020

    Once again, these celebrities need to just stfu. Well, actually, maybe they should keep exposing who they really are so we know. Carry on

  4. Pat June 3, 2020

    Wrong timing. Can’t let the slick sh!t start riding

  5. ERIC June 3, 2020

    Something good came out of the racially divided 1930s just like something good can come out of the terrible times we’re living in now if we continue to break the color line. That’s all Melissa meant.

    • Hmmm… June 3, 2020

      I’m sure she meant well but this was such poor taste. What’s the good that came out of it exactly? Treating a black person like a human is not a good deed. It’s an obligation. But we gawk at these moments as if they’re truly special. “Wow, she touched a black man, how beautiful and tolerant 😍”. Like, wtf. 🙄 That’s what they should’ve been doing. Again, im sure Melissa was just trying to put something positive out there, and I know what she meant, but it just doesn’t work and all this did was remind people of how bad it was, and still is. And that simple things that black people DESERVE as a birthright is somehow considered a celebratory moment, only highlights how sad it is. It’s sad that what Shirley did is an impressive act. That’s not positive.

  6. .. June 3, 2020

    Jesus Christ. Y’all are going so f****** far. She literally meant no harm.

    • Calico Kidd June 5, 2020

      I agree

  7. G-bby June 3, 2020

    I’m sure she meant no harm, but this was very tone deaf of her. Hopefully she knows better now.

  8. A&R June 3, 2020

    The saying goes.. the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And let her have tried this this the LGBTQ community.. good intentions or not.. she’s not being grilled. It’s a teachable moment. As everyone has said.. this displays how black ppl were and still are seen as less than. Start by educating before performing.. as in trying to do public acts to screams how not racist and prejudice you are not.

  9. BangBang June 3, 2020

    I don’t think she’s racist! I just think she’s a ding bat! Like b**** you could have said any f****** body if you wanna big up a black actor! You could have said Denzel, Samuel L or even f****** Dave Chappell if you wanna go comedy… but b**** mr bo jingles? 😂 😂 I guess next time we wanna give props to successful white actress we should put a picture of Mary popinjay with a stupid ass comment underneath it!

    • BangBang June 3, 2020

      * Mary Popins

  10. #TheTruth June 4, 2020

    Exactly, she meant no harm.
    That’s everything I hate about social medias. People are sitting behind their screens waiting to criticize every little sh!t that they see. Sounding so righteous when they should be looking at their own belly in the first place.

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