Members of the Christian community took TikTok star Addison Rae to church over a social media post that some have deemed “a mockery of Christianity.”
On Tuesday, the influencer and actor shared a photo on Instagram of herself wearing a white, string bikini top bearing the words “father” on one side and “son” on the other. After members of the Christian community accused Rae of disrespecting their religion, the image was deleted.
A collaboration between athletic apparel giant Adidas and fashion brand Praying, the full swimsuit also says “holy spirit” on the bottoms — completing the Holy Trinity. Since she hasn’t commented publicly on the bikini backlash, Rae’s reasons for removing the post are between her and her God.
Addison Rae has 82.8 million followers on TikTok, a podcast, a beauty line and a song. Now she’s also a movie star with Netflix’s ‘He’s All That.’
In a rebuke of Rae’s original post, @XAVIAERD tweeted, “All I’m going to say is—these people are going to learn the hard way not to play with GOD. Just wait and watch.”
“why do you gotta disrespect Christianity like that?” tweeted @DannyBee8801. “You don’t disrespect any other religion, just Christianity? And why do you have to create it, @adidas? Not that I was ever a fan of adidas (or Addison Rae for that matter) but I’ll never buy anything from adidas.”
Others, however, were unbothered by Rae’s swimwear choices and urged the “He’s All That” star not to “listen to the church.”
Netflix’s gender-swapped version of fondly remembered ‘She’s All That’ has a life of its own.
“ppl cryin about addison rae wearing the father son and the holy spirit bikini is making me wanna support her like… ‘omg she is committing a sin’ GURL GO OUTSIDE PPL R DYING AND UR MAD CUZ SHE WORE A F— BIKINI,” @JlNSOULNECKMEAT tweeted.
“addison rae mocking the holy trinity makes me like her a little more lol that bikini was kinda slay,” tweeted @gvkkyy.
Representatives for Rae did not immediately respond Thursday to The Times’ request for comment.
‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon gave white TikTok star Addison Rae a platform to perform dances without crediting their Black creators. It backfired.
This isn’t the first time the famous TikToker has landed in hot water. Last year, Rae and Jimmy Fallon received criticism for a “Tonight Show” segment that saw the 21-year-old teach the TV host a series of viral TikTok dances. After many called Rae out for performing the dances without crediting their Black choreographers, Fallon invited the creators on “The Tonight Show” to show off their moves.
“On our last show before break, we did a bit with Addison Rae where she taught me eight viral TikTok dances, and we recognize that the creators of those dances deserve to have their own spotlight,” Fallon said at the time.
“So right now, some of the creators will join me to talk about how their dance went viral and then perform the dance themselves.”
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Christi Carras is an entertainment reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She was previously a Times intern after graduating from UCLA and has also worked at Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and CNN.