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After causing controversy over an insensitive Instagram post, Louise Linton admits that she deserves to be called out.
The Scottish-born actress, who’s married to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, uploaded a photo in August of the couple exiting a government airplane, adding tags of the various luxury brands she was wearing. Ironically, Linton and Mnuchin were in Kentucky to lobby Congress members to change the federal tax code.
Many Instagram users criticized Linton, arguing that the upper-class couple should be able to afford the trip’s travel expenses without using taxpayers’ money. But after mother Jenni Miller criticized Linton on Instagram, the actress lashed out in a rant, claiming that she had “given more to the economy” than Miller. The entire controversy spun out of control from there, eventually leading the couple to reimburse the trip’s travel expenses.
Now, in an interview for Washington Life Magazine, Linton admits the backlash was not overblown.
“I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics,” Linton told Washington Life. “My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period.”
Linton spent time thinking hard about her post, and she listened to the criticism that she received online and throughout the media. This gave her room to reflect.
“Something like this requires extreme thought and introspection and I had to absorb the criticism and figure out how I can influence the world in a positive way instead of how I did by making that post,” Linton told Washington Life. “I feel like the world gave me a good, hard wake-up call and I’m OK with that.”
Linton also feels legitimately sorry for the comments she made to Miller. She told Washington Life that if she received the chance to see Miller face-to-face, Linton would find a way to reconcile her actions.
“I would say I’m very sorry, sincerely,” Linton explained. “I would ask her about the causes that are important to her and perhaps find something that we could work on together in the spirit of unity and love.”
Meanwhile, we wait with bated breath for Miller to take her up on such a collaboration.
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.