Susan Sarandon apologizes for mocking NYPD officers lined up for funeral, but it’s too little, too late

Actress Susan Sarandon deleted an offensive tweet and offered an apology to the families of two slain New York City Police officers.

The left-wing actress and activist issued a statement Friday explaining that she “reacted quickly” in posting a meme showing a photo of throngs of NYPD officers lined up in the streets to honor Officer Jason Rivera, who was shot and killed last month in the line of duty.

Sarandon had shared a tweet reportedly posted by podcaster Danny Haiphong which showed thousands of police officers outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral where the funeral for the 22-year fallen cop was held. This was the second time NYPD poured out in salute, having mourned Rivera’s partner, 27-year-old Wilbert Mora, who also died after the shooting in Harlem.

“I’m gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like,” the now-deleted tweet shared by Sarandon read, with the additional comment: “So, if all these cops weren’t needed for CRIME that day, doesn’t that mean they aren’t needed ANY day?”

The 75-year-old actress came under immediate fire for her insensitive and hateful tweet.

Days later, she offered an apology.

“I deeply regret the meme I recently shared on Twitter that included Officer Jason Rivera’s funeral,” Sarandon wrote.

“I reacted quickly to the picture without connecting it to a police funeral and I realize now how insensitive and deeply disrespectful it was to make that point at that time. I sincerely apologize to the family of Officers Rivera and Mora for causing additional pain during their time of grieving,” she added.

Though the progressive actress saw some sympathetic responses to her mea culpa, many other Twitter users were not impressed.


Frieda Powers


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