Heidi Klum has come under fire for posting “All Lives Matter” on social media recently. The AGT judge has since deleted the message, but she responded to the criticism in a comment on her Instagram.
Heidi’s posts come in the midst of nationwide protests against police brutality, as many high-profile celebrities are declaring their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Many people seem to think Heidi can do better.
Heidi Klum Posts ‘All Lives Matter’
In a now-deleted tweet, Heidi posted a photo of several hands on top of each other, presumably belonging to her, her children, and her husband Tom Kaulitz. According to screenshots, Heidi captioned the photo by writing, “Unity in diversity.” She added the hashtag #alllivesmatter.
It’s not clear if her Instagram post of the same photo previously included this message, but it now reads, “Unity in diversity,” with the hashtag #LOVE. However, many on social media were quick to call out Heidi’s use of the “all lives matter” phrase.
“All lives matter” is a common response to the Black Lives Matter movement which undermines the message that BLM is trying to get across — that black people in the United States are disproportionately killed by police.
As Rachel Elizabeth Cargle wrote for Harper’s Bazaar in 2019, “Let me be clear: our stating that black lives matter doesn’t insinuate that other lives don’t … But the fact that white people get so upset about the term black lives matter is proof that nothing can center the wellbeing and livelihoods of black bodies without white people assuming it is to their demise.”
Heidi Responds To ‘All Lives Matter’ Controversy
Heidi appears to have blocked comments on her Instagram post as of now, but one Twitter user posted a screenshot of her responding to controversy over her “all lives matter” caption. One Instagram user defended Heidi, saying she made the remark in reference to the “all different color hands” in the photo.
The supermodel responded to this comment by saying her son wanted her to write “all lives.” She added, “But my post is about Love and Unity and not to create more hate. Stop the hate.”
People have objected to Heidi saying it was her son’s idea, as both of her sons with ex-husband Seal are black. “Even IF he told her to write it,” tweeted one user, “all it says is that she’s not doing a good enough job on educating her black children.”
Another user wrote that they were blocked by Heidi on Instagram for commenting that “white silence is compliance.” Heidi has since deleted her original tweet and posted a “Black Lives Matter” image, with the caption, “spread love no hate.”