You can always rely on Zac Efron for missing the point, and he’s gone and done it again according to social media, with a ‘wildly misjudged’ tweet about Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Beneath a photograph of himself driving down a street lined with palm trees, the 28-year-old Hollywood star posted: “I’m grateful for a couple things today. Martin Luther King Jr & 10 million followers on IG #MLKDay.”
As you can imagine, mentioning one of the greatest American equal rights campaigners and reaching 10 million Instagram followers in the same post predictably caused some upset among internet dwellers…
@ZacEfron This is one of the most offensive/diminishing/disrespectful things anyone has said in relation to MLK today. Get over yourself.
— Aaron Horwitz (@AaronTheH) January 19, 2016
I'm grateful I don't know who you are @ZacEfron
— THE YELLON BOYZ™ (@D2_Derpinator) January 19, 2016
— Real Carly Fisher (@carlyafisher) January 19, 2016
— Chris Goodwin (@christhegoods) January 19, 2016
@ZacEfron Whoever you're paying for social media advice, here's some for free: delete this post
— e.j. friedman (@loudersoft) January 19, 2016
To be fair to Zac, the humbled star did decide to apologise later on:
I have nothing but the greatest admiration and respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I realise that last night’s post was completely insensitive and I apologise to anyone who I may have offended. So sorry. Z.
Social media are becoming more and more PC, but fair play to Zac for apologising – or nice work by his PR manager, even.
NY Daily News