Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney has dismissed the backlash against her for posting photos with family members wearing right-wing political clothing.

The actress, best-known for playing Cassie in the controversial teen drama, celebrated her mother’s 60th birthday last week with a special ‘hoedown’-themed party.

Sydney took to Instagram where she shared snaps from the celebration, but eagle-eyed fans grew angry when they noticed her father appeared to be wearing a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ T-shirt.

The slogan, in support of police, was coined as a direct response to the Black Lives Matter protests, launched after the repeated deaths of Black peopleat the hands of police.

Sydney’s brother, Trent, had also uploaded snaps from the celebration showing people wearing red caps in the style of Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ caps.

However the words on the caps read: ‘Make 60 Great Again.’


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Sydney received instant backlash for posting and appearing the photos with her family members, but the actress has dismissed the criticism, describing it as ‘wild.’

Taking to social media on Saturday, the 24-year-old wrote: ‘An innocent celebration for my moms milestone 60th birthday has turned into an absurd political statement, which was not the intention (sic).’

She added: ‘Please stop making assumptions. Much love to everyone and Happy Birthday Mom!’

She has also enjoyed leading roles in the likes of The White Lotus and The Handmaid’s Tale.

The actress first rose to prominence in the short-lived but powerful LGBTQ+ drama Everything Sucks on Netflix, which was cancelled after just one season.

The actress has a busy year ahead as she’s set to follow in the steps of Zendaya and appear in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe with new film Madame Web.

She will also reprise her role as Cassie in the third season of teen drama Euphoria, although the air date has not yet been confirmed.

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