NICKELODEON star Lindsey Shaw has shared footage of her hysterically sobbing after she was abused for mocking a TikTok dance craze started by black men.
The Ned’s Declassified actress, 32, told fans she was taking a break from social media, adding: "The hate mail in my inbox is not OK. OK? I did not mean anything in any kind of way."
Shaw was hit with accusations of mocking the trend after she imitated the slowed-down dance – started by TikTok user Usim Mango.
The former Pretty Little Liars star said: "Hey. Are we OK? What the f*** is this?"
After being called out for the post she returned to the site, adding: "I’m not here to offend or belittle anybody. At all.
"I thought that the millennial and Gen Z thing was a thing on TikTok. This intention wasn’t that serious, y’all.
"I am learning every day, as I think everybody is. And this kind of hate just needs to evaporate from the planet no matter who it’s towards.
"Crocodile tears? No, dude. This is like my soul out there.
“I am sorry you were offended. We all need to vibrate higher for the future.
"I think for my own mental health I need to take a step back from social media. So yeah I’ve gotta just go off of here for a little while, but I appreciate you, I love you and I’ll be back."
Shaw had earlier appeared to praise her white former co-star Devon Werkheiser's version of the dance.
He said: "Lindsey [made] a very unnecessary video hating on the most popular trend on TikTok that happens to be created by Black creators, and getting rather reactionary and defensive in her comment section before deleting the video."
The actor said his friend has a "good heart and is dealing with personal issues."
Shaw's black co-star, Daniel Curtis Lee, wrote on Instagram: "It's me, your one Black friend. So check this out, you've got yourself into a bit of a pickle."
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