Hollywood star Hugh Jackman is facing some online backlash this week after he posted a photo showing a protester hugging a police officer.
Fox News reported that the “X-Men” star took to Twitter on Wednesday, posting an image depicting a cop hugging a crying black protester. “Solidarity,” Jackman captioned the image.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) June 3, 2020
It didn’t take long for the Twitter mob to come for Jackman over the photo, which many said was “shallow propaganda” that favored American police officers. “This is shallow propaganda designed to obfuscate and maintain oppressive dynamics,” one user wrote, with another adding, “Really this is your contribution really.”
“You forgot the rest — Solidarity for a photo op, then back to shooting at and beating peaceful protesters and journalists,” a third person commented.
This is shallow propaganda designed to obfuscate and maintain oppressive dynamics
— ⓥ (@islandrhythmz) June 3, 2020
Really this is your contribution really
— Ranibow Sprimkle ™️ (@Muffin_Chips) June 4, 2020
You forgot the rest – Solidarity for a photo op, then back to shooting at and beating peaceful protesters and journalists.
— Jonathan Robert (@jonathan_eff) June 3, 2020
Racial tensions and anti-police sentiments are at an all-time high right now after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other social media users used Jackman’s body of work to attack him, pointing out that he played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” a character fighting for a second chance after being branded as a criminal and an outcast in the eyes of the law.
“bro was in les miserables and he still doesn’t get it?” one person wrote.
bro was in les miserables and he still doesn’t get it?
— gracielita (@GBinEP) June 4, 2020
Some users also emphasized that Jackman played Wolverine in the “X-Men” series, which used the concept of “mutants” as a metaphor for racial inequality. “Did you pay attention to any of the x-men movies you were in,” another user tweeted.
Did you pay attention to any of the x-men movies you were in
— Queer Buzzkill (they/them) (@sjw_LauraKinney) June 3, 2020
Finally, social media users attacked Jackman for his friendship with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, something he has been open about in the past, saying they just don’t talk politics. “Hugh is long time friends with Ivanka and Jared Kushner. He was never on our side,” one person commented, with another adding, “don’t forget hugh jackman is very good friends with ivanka trump and says he doesn’t like ‘to talk about politics’ he is an absolutely trash human being.”
Hugh is long time friends with Ivanka and Jared Kushner. He was never on our side.
— AmadeusMaxwell (@AmadeusMaxwell) June 3, 2020
don’t forget hugh jackman is very good friends with ivanka trump and says he doesn’t like “to talk about politics” he is an absolutely trash human being https://t.co/X0dJtXXWar
— jasmine / bIm (@rubberssouls) June 3, 2020
Jackman has yet to respond to the backlash against him, and he has yet to delete his tweet.
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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