Tori Spelling has issued an apology for posting a controversial picture of her 8-year-old daughter, Hattie McDermott.
Wednesday on Instagram Story, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum wrote to her fans, “I posted a story the other day that upset many of you. I’m truly sorry. That was NOT the intention at ALL.”
Earlier this week, the actress shared an image of Hattie dressed as the character of “McQuisha,” where the child wore a green bandana over her head and had Cheetos rubber-banded to her fingers to resemble long nails.
After the IG Story went viral, several social media users said the picture was “racist” because they believe it mocked dated stereotypes of black women.
“Your [sic] truly an ignorant low class racist who’s raising a child & you need to APOLOGIZE. I’m appalled and your [sic] lower than low and ultimately disgusting,” an Instagram commenter wrote.
In her expression of regret, Spelling said her daughter was inspired by the “Martin” character of “Sheneneh Jenkins” — who Tori spelled as “Shanaynay” — a flamboyant salon owner played by titular star Martin Lawrence.
While noting that “Hattie is 8,” Spelling explained, “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.’”
The 46-year-old added, “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.”
Spelling shares six children with husband Dean McDermott, including 21-year-old stepson Jack.