Rosanna Arquette is facing backlash after expressing “shame” over her ethnicity.
The “Pulp Fiction” actress, 59, took to Twitter Wednesday to talk about her race and upbringing, tweeting, “I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me.”
She added, “And I feel so much shame.”
Arquette, who is the older sister to actors Patricia Arquette and David Arquette, was instantly met with backlash from followers who accused her of taking “full advantage” of her privilege. Others called her a “white-hating white woman” and “racist.”
“Desperately Seeking Sanity,” one user tweeted, referencing her 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan.” Another wrote, “Don’t worry, we’re embarrassed of you too.”
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Rosanna Arquette tweeted on Wednesday, "I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me." (Photo: VALERIE MACON, AFP/Getty Images)
The overwhelming criticism prompted Arquette to lock her account. Her rep, Danny Deraney, confirmed to USA TODAY that the “FBI did tell her to make her profile private.”
“Yes I’m locked to protect myself I was told by FBI to lock it up,” Arquette told The Wrap Thursday. “There are toxic and very vicious people on social media. Threatening and cruel.”
She continued: “I said yesterday that I am ashamed of the color of my skin. I am privileged just because I’m white. I feel shame. Because of all the violence that is happening in America and other racist countries.”
Deraney added that Arquette “stands by” her remarks.
“Rosanna has been active in civil rights and equal rights all of her life,” he told USA TODAY. “She is extremely passionate about these things.”
Arquette is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and a staunch supporter of women’s rights and the #MeToo movement. She was one of the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
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