Ashley Benson has apologized after receiving criticism following an Instagram post of her in a Cecil the Lion Halloween costume.
"Help! Can't decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this Cecil the lion costume?" @yandy #thanksyandy #halloweencostume," the photo was captioned.
After receiving a lot of negative feedback, including comments saying the post was in "poor taste," "just wrong" and "f----- up," the caption was amended.
"What do you guys think of this lion costume?" it simply reads now. In fact, the company Yandy, which does sell the Cecil the Lion costume (and implies it's being sold for charity), also sells a simple "Deluxe Lion" design, which Ashley was indeed donning.
The 25-year-old took to Instagram again on Oct. 7 to clarify she did not caption the photo and to issue an apology.
"Yesterday's post was in poor taste and I absolutely regret all of the hurt that photo caused. The caption that was posted was incorrect and my costume was not Cecil the Lion, when I saw that, I contacted my management who handled the post and had it immediately changed. I recognize that I am responsible for everything posted on my social accounts and this was an unfortunate oversight. I am a supporter of Animal conservation and I will be donating all the proceeds of this deal to the World Wildlife Fund. I love you all and I apologize if I let you down," her statement read.
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