One of the leading actors of The Walking Dead — a post-apocalyptic zombie series — has left controversy in the wake of an Instagram post.
Jeffery Dean Morgan posted a photo to social media that showed him wearing a Blue Lives Matter shirt, in honor the “two GOOD cops in NY” that were killed in 2014.
“This shirt was given to me at a convention by a woman, whose son, was shot during what was a routine traffic stop. He was black.”
Morgan is referring to the deaths of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Their murder was committed in retribution over perceived police brutality that those in the Black Lives Matter movement have also raised concern over.
The shooter wrote on Facebook, ““I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 of Ours . . . . .Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”
Black Lives Matter’s leadership is currently being sued over a similar case of murder committed against police officers, in Baton Rouge and other locations.
Yet, Black Lives Matter proponents have interpreted Morgan’s statement as one against black people, instead of in support of police victims. And many voiced their opinion on the matter.
One Twitter user wrote: “not only is jeffrey dean morgan an alm supporter, he went full on blue lives matter what an ugly old cow can’t say i’m surprised.” The user is referring to the movement “all lives matter.”
Another user wrote: “I’m not surprised Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a blue lives matter person. He plays assholes a little too well.”
Amid the criticism, Morgan didn’t back down, but posted a follow-up which read: “Dear a-holes. Blue lives do matter. Can’t believe I need to explain to you this fact. All lives matter. All of em.”
Morgan has repeatedly insisted that many have misinterpreted his statement: “I stand behind the sentiment… but, what was meant as one thing has been taken as another. I understand those that are upset… and to those people I apologise.”
However, in light of his fans’ criticism Morgan sought to clarify his position: “Of course black lives matter. I stand behind that. Always have.”
“This country means the world to me.” Morgan added, “The good people in it mean the world to me… the ones looking for a fight around every corner? Racists? Bullies? They don’t.”
“We are a country divided and it’s getting scarier every day.” (For more from the author of “‘Walking Dead’ Actor Attacked for ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Shirt” please click HERE)