Adrian Grenier quickly lost some members of his entourage on Friday, Sept. 11, after posting a controversial Instagram graphic. The New York-based actor, 39, posted an image of the Twin Towers with a message below — critizing the Iraq War that followed 9/11 — which offended many.
“R.I.P the 2,996 Americans who died in 9/11. R.I.P the 1,455,590 innocent Iraqis who died during the U.S. invasion for something they didn’t do,” the graphic said.
After a massive backlash, Grenier deleted the post and added several other images to his social media account instead.
Without adding a caption, he shared a painting of firefighters hoisting up the American flag at Ground Zero, posted the image of a pause sign meant to look like the World Trade Center, and uploaded a photo of two couples kissing with the Twin Towers in the background.
He also shared an image of Ground Zero shortly after the attack, with the caption, “In challenging moments and times of mourning, we must seek perspective to help us find peace within our choices forward. #911.”
But many of Grenier’s 539,000 followers still lashed out against him in the comments section.
“Piece of s—t. Get out of this amazing country if you're gonna hate on what the military does… Scumbag,” one person wrote, with another adding, “As smart as you think you are… You are stupid as hell.”
Apart from deleting his post, Grenier has yet to comment on the controversy.