Zac Efron apologises for ‘completely insensitive’ Martin Luther King, Jr. tweet

Efron mentioned the late activist and his growing number of Instagram followers in the same tweet

Zac Efron has apologised for posting a “completely insensitive” tweet that seemingly equated the impact of iconic activist Martin Luther King, Jr. with the actor’s growing number of Instagram followers.

On Monday (January 18), which was celebrated as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the US, the Bad Neighbours actor tweeted: “I’m grateful for a couple things today: Martin Luther King Jr & 10 million followers on IG.”

After receiving criticism from many of his followers, Efron deleted the tweet and last night posted an apology on Instagram. “I have nothing but the greatest admiration and respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” the actor wrote. “I realize that last night’s post was completely insensitive and I apologize to anyone who I may have offended. So sorry.”

Check out Efron’s apology post below.

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Efron’s latest film Dirty Grandpa, a comedy co-starring Robert De Niro as the eponymous naughty grandparent, opens in UK cinemas on January 28.

Meanwhile, the first trailer for Bad Neighbours 2, in which Efron re-teams with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, was released yesterday (January 19). Check it out here. Chloe Grace Moretz and Selena Gomez join the cast for the sequel, which is titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in the US.