GLEE alum Heather Morris apologized for seemingly defending her late co-star Mark Salling – who pled guilty to child pornography charges before his death.
The 33-year-old actress addressed victims who may have felt “triggered” by her replies to a fan’s “offensive” Twitter post.
Glee’s Heather Morris apologized for ‘insensitive’ remarks about late co-star Mark Salling[/caption]
She apologized for those who felt ‘triggered’ by her previous remarks[/caption]
She wrote: “To all those who felt triggered by my message, I want to sincerely apologise for the harm I caused.
“Whether you, a friend, a family member has been a victim of pedophilia, I realize my words may have been insensitive to your experience and for that I can’t express enough how sorry I am.”
Heather first took issue with a Twitter post – which was shared by fellow Glee star Kevin McHale – that covered Mark’s face with a vomit emoji.
“The vomit face on Mark’s face is offensive,” she tweeted, in a now deleted reply.
Heather was unimpressed by a Glee fan’s use of the vomit emoji over an image of Mark, taken from an episode of the show[/caption]
Mark joined Glee in 2009 – and played jock Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman on the hit series until its 2015 finale.
In 2016, the world was shocked when he was arrested on child pornography charges.
He pled guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography, and was weeks away from sentencing when he died by suicide at age 35 in 2017.
Mark was known to fans as ‘Puck’ on the hit Fox musical series before his arrest in 2016[/caption]
Heather and Mark starred together on the Glee series throughout its 2009 – 2015 run[/caption]
Heather, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce in the popular musical high school show, was swiftly slammed by tweeters for her comment.
One wrote: “I know he was your friend, but he wasn’t a good person, and you have kids, I can’t believe you’re being serious.”
Heather with co-stars Mark and Naya Rivera, both of whom have died since the series ended in 2015[/caption]
Sadly, the original cast of Glee have lost several cast and crew members over the years[/caption]
“I think being a pedophile is a bit more offensive than an emoji,” added another.
Despite the backlash, the mom of two penned an emotional response to those criticizing her – this time referencing the untimely deaths of co-stars Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith.
Glee actors Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, who both died tragically young[/caption]
Canadian actor Cory was only 31 when he passed of an accidental overdose in 2013.
And Naya was just 33 when she was tragically found drowned in a California lake in July 2020, having used the last of her strength to save her four-year-old son from the same fate.
In the since-removed rant, Heather penned: ”I don’t feel the need to ever justify something because somethings are better left unsaid.
Cory and Mark, pictured before Cory’s death in 2013[/caption]
Naya with her young son Josey, now five[/caption]
”Y’all who have lots of things to say, I get it, I UNDERSTAND you… Somethings are unforgivable.
“But this holiday season, amongst ALL holiday seasons is INCREDIBLE hard for so many of us.”
She added: “We did not loose just 2 cast members, we lost 3.
In her deleted Twitter post, Heather expressed the difficulty of coping with the loss of Naya and Cory, as well as Mark[/caption]
‘It is SO incredibly tough to have to act like that 3rd one [Mark] is invisible,’ she said of his death[/caption]
“And it is SO incredibly tough to have to act like that 3rd one is invisible, because even though his actions are unjustifiable, he was a part of our family at one point and he was mentally SICK.
“Yes, pedophelia is a sickness but although I don’t want to have to say all that, it’s truthful.
‘I can’t get through a day without balling my eyes out at the loss of my entire Glee family,’ Heather shared[/caption]
But, once again, Heather’s comments were unpopular with Twitter users[/caption]
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“So THANK YOU for treating me with such disrespect and unkindness during a time that I can’t get through a day without balling my eyes out at the loss of my entire Glee family… thank you.”
Fans still weren’t impressed with Heather’s view – and it appears she was keen to show her remorse.
She removed traces of her earlier posts from her social media accounts, and issued the apology on Tuesday.