Actor Alec Baldwin can’t escape the negative backlash about the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, even when Baldwin is paying tribute.
That’s something Baldwin learned firsthand when he posted something about Hutchins on his Instagram account.
Baldwin accidentally shot and killed Hutchins via a prop gun on the set of Rust last year. His Instagram post intended to pay tribute to Hutchins on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.
“One year ago today,” he wrote in the caption.
Alec Baldwin on Instagram
While Baldwin garnered plenty of support from fellow entertainers, the general public was not quite so forgiving in the comments.
“Stay strong my friend. Thinking about you and all those effected by this terrible accident,” wrote Leslie Jordan, who died shortly after the post.
Lesley Ann Warren and Cheryl Hines were among the others to offer support for Baldwin.
Fans, however, were seemingly less impressed.
“Why would you even post this?” asked one. “Seems exploitive given you’re getting all the attention from your fans instead of everyone focusing on her and her poor family.
Another wrote, “I’m not exactly sure how to react to this post,” with another adding, “If I was her family, you’re the last person I’d want posting about her.”
Baldwin, 64, fired what he said he believed was a prop gun on the set, located at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M. Along with killing Hutchings, the blast injured Rust director Joel Souza. Baldwin went to the sheriff’s office to voluntarily speak with investigators following the incident.
Hutchins’ brother, Matthew Hutchins, has since been brought in as executive producer of Rust.
“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” Hutchins said in a statement at the time of a settlement.
“All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”