Messing’s tweet – which has since been deleted – read, “HORRENDOUS Watching news about shooting at UCLA with casualties while taking selfie to bring awareness to gun violence.”
Within a matter of minutes, Twitter users began to accuse her of being insensitive over the event unfolding. She quickly removed the photo and later returned to social media to apologize and note that the shirt was part of a pre-planned campaign to bring awareness to gun violence.
“I was so shocked and struck by the horrible IRONY that yet another shooting was occurring as I was participating in this effort,” she wrote. “In an effort to highlight the irony, I posted a picture referencing the breaking news.”
“I am heartbroken and embarrassed that many people misconstrued my actions and that I caused offense,” wrote Messing, 47. “The horrendous irony of the timing, I was hoping, would shine an even brighter light on the crisis and need for all of us to do something together to make the US safer. I am so truly sorry.”
The actress also shared another tweet after the apology that read: “Just trying to do what I can. But clearly human. Made a mistake. Still believe in the effort.”