Zac Efron may want to take a break from social media, especially since he foolishly celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day and reaching 10 million Instagram followers in the same post. Fans blasted Zac for trying to make MLK Day all about him, even telling him to delete his account! Click to see!
Zac Efron’s heart may have been in the right place, but the 28-year-old star of Neighbors made a huge blunder when he compared the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the joy of having millions of social media followers. And those millions of followers were quick to tear into him for the boneheaded mistake.
UPDATE: After receiving a ton of backlash, Zac took to social media to issue an apology on Jan. 19. “I have nothing but the greatest admiration and respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” he wrote. “I realize that last night’s post was completely insensitive and I apologize to anyone who I may have offended. So sorry.”
“I’m grateful for a couple things today,” Zac captioned an Instagram photo he uploaded on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day for Americans and fans of equality. “Martin Luther King Jr & 10 Million followers. #mlkday.” While it’s nice for Zac to show some gratitude to all those fans choosing to pay him attention, he might have wanted to do that in a separate message. Comparing Instagram followers to the life and work of the civil rights icon won’t get him to 11 million followers.
Some fans were sympathetic to Zac’s screw-up, advising him that whoever told him to celebrate his follower-count and MLK in the same post should be fired. Others weren’t so kind as they ordered him to delete his account out of shame!
One fan was “baffled” how “Zac Efron attempt[ed] to make MLK day about himself,” while another gave a snarky comment that, had he not been assassinated on April 4, 1968, MLK would be “so proud” of Zac’s “IG game.” Others sarcastically pointed out that Zac’s choice of “black emojis” to his post were a “nice touch.”
Mostly, users told Zac to “get over [himself]” and that “Instagram follower counts” wasn’t what the Rev. Dr. King fought for. Some just said “F*ck you, Zac Efron,” getting their point across in four words. Maybe next year, Zac will consider celebrating MLK Jr. day the way he did in 2015, posting an inspirational graphic of Dr. King with a quote: “We must accept finite disappoint but never lose infinite hope.”
@ZacEfron Zac I ❤️ you, but whichever social media manager told you gaining 10 mil followers and MLK's work are in the same vein, fire them.
— slayfron (@EfronEternal) January 19, 2016
.@ZacEfron this national holiday should really celebrate YOUR contributions to society, such as …
— James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) January 19, 2016
How did Zac Efron attempt to make MLK day about himself I am so baffled
— ✦* Katie *✦ (@juiceliker) January 19, 2016
MLK Jr. would be so proud of Zac Efron's IG game. https://t.co/msAufoHdpf
— Jack Lauterback (@jackgoesforth) January 19, 2016
.@ZacEfron the black emojis were a nice touch. MLK would be proud.
— Tim Bowers (@TimBowers62) January 19, 2016
— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) January 19, 2016
@ZacEfron This is one of the most offensive/diminishing/disrespectful things anyone has said in relation to MLK today. Get over yourself.
— Aaron Horwitz (@AaronTheH) January 19, 2016
— Maria (@mariootsa) January 19, 2016
Instagram follower counts is what MLK REALLY fought for @zacefron
— James (@jameston1492) January 19, 2016
Next Zac Efron will tweet about how he regrets both his MLK tweet and "That Awkward Moment."
— LiveTelecastBehinder (@TimBaffoe) January 19, 2016
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) January 20, 2015
Other celebs avoided Zac’s faux pax by honoring the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with solemn respect. Forest Whitaker said “we honor Dr. King by standing together for justice,” while Kris Jenner sent “light and love” in memory of the civil rights icon. Mark Ruffalo said, “Thank the universes for his decency, strength and righteousness.”
What do you think about Zac’s post, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he should apologize?