On Tuesday, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, an actor who is known most recently for his role as Negan on The Walking Dead, posted a photo to Facebook and Instagram which shows him wearing a Thin Blue Line Flag Shirt.
Along with the shirt he posted the story about how he got the shirt from the mother of a murdered police officer, and stated that "blue lives do matter" along with "all lives matter," which promptly resulted in backlash because people are awful.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan posted the image on Tuesday with the following message:
Dear assholes. Blue lives do matter. Can't believe I need to explain to you this fact. All lives matter. All of em.
This shirt was made in response to the cold blooded murder of two GOOD cops in NY, both that had immigrated to the US, and took an oath to protect and serve.
This shirt was given to me at a convention by a woman, who's son, was shot during what was a routine traffic stop. He was black.
I'm so tired of mean people. People who wake up in the morning, and I think, just sit behind the safety of their computers... anonymously... and start shit. Grow the fuck up.
The world has enough horrible things going on right now without your petty bullshit. Speaking of cops... I'd like to commend those in blue that saved countless lives in vegas. Those first responders saved hundreds... if not thousands. So you trolls.... go crawl under the rock in which you came. GOOD PEOPLE MATTER. You? Don't.
Of course, saying that blue lives matter and all lives matter is going to be misinterpreted (often intentionally) to mean that the lives of black people don't matter.
Unfortunately, 2017 is the year of Antifa, where people don't just lie to others, they lie to themselves and alter facts in their mind to fit a political ideology. Anybody who disagrees with that ideology is deemed a white supremacist Nazi; and that's exactly what people called Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
After a few hours of being hounded on social media, he edited his message to say this:
Hey folks, I'm gonna delete this thing. God knows it's out there anyway. I stand behind the sentiment... but, what was meant as one thing has been taken as another.
I understand those that are upset... and to those people I apologize. Of course black lives matter. I stand behind that. Always have. My point.. Calling me a nazi for wearing this shirt, that was given to me by a cops grieving mother at a con? She wasn't trying to undercut BLM. Nor was I when I put it on... that's a promise.
This country means the world to me. The good people in it mean the world to me... the ones looking for a fight around every corner? Racists? Bullies? They don't.
We are a country divided and its getting scarier everyday. Everyone means something.
Good people are needed. Now more than ever. I shall take better care in wording when posting opinions... but opinions? We all have em, and are entitled to them. I appreciate the ones on here that have been thoughtful responses... the ones that are filled with more hate.... let's block eachother forever shall we?
It's gotten very tricky to say things that are politically correct that everyone agrees on. We can be offended by thoughts or opinions that we weren't offended by yesterday. So again, my apologies to you. Ok, let me navigate this mine field a bit before I try again. All my best. Jd