British singer Rita Ora is facing backlash after posting pictures online in which she is posing with U.S. singer Cassie and singer/actress Adrienne Bailon while the three hold fake gold-plated guns. [[nid:1195083]]
The pictures were posted on Monday, the day of the bombings that occurred at the Boston Marathon, which left three dead and 154 people wounded.
“Let’s promote gun crime. #d**khead #stupid #dumb #unnecessary #notcool #thinkaboutwhatyouredoing #influential #useyourpowerwell,” one commenter wrote on Rita Ora’s account after she posted the pictures.
“You are an idiot. Young children look up to you. Fake or not, promoting guns to look 'cool' is totally out of order,” another viewer wrote.
Shortly after posting the photos, Rita Ora uploaded an images that stated “pray for Boston."
The 22-year-old is not the first celebrity to be criticized for seemingly promoting gun use.
In February, reality star Kim Kardashain tweeted a photo of a diamond-encrusted handgun, weeks after encouraging her fans to sign a pledge to help combat gun violence following the Sandy Hook massacre.
“Kim Kardashian is quite dense, isn't she? Pledging to support the gun control movement and then uploading pictures of designer handguns ...,” one person tweeted, according to the Daily Mail.
She quickly deleted the image after fans strongly questioned her decision.