The Internet can be a really horrible place.
And Jennie Garth just found this out in the most unfortunate of ways.
The veteran actress – forever best known for having played Kelly Taylor throughout the entirety of Beverly, Hills 90210 and for even reprising this role in the later EW reboot – shared a very sweet photo (below) on her Instagram page on Friday.
It was in honor of International Women’s Day and it featured Garth’s three daughters: Luca, 21, Lola, 16, and Fiona, 12; all of whom she shared with ex-husband Peter Facinelli.
“These women,” the 46-year old wrote as a captioned, adding: “#internationalwomensday #sisters.”
Nice cause, nice sentiment, pretty picture.
End of story, right? We wish…
Because this image marked Garth’s first social media post since the tragic death of Luke Perry five days prior, some users actually called her out for not referencing Perry online.
They actually took issue with Garth for not making a public statement about the death of her long-time co-star.
This is appalling on pretty much every level, as no one should ever judge anyone else for how they choose to mourn.
Moreover, why not doing so in a public forum such as Instagram somehow carry extra weight or meaning?
We could go on and on about the inanity and insensivity of blasting a celebrity for where and when they decide to share their feelings — but Garth thankfully took it upon herself to call these trolls out for this ridiculouss criticism.
“Hey everyone … I chose to post a pic of my girls today,” she wrote in response to these remark, explaining/adding:
“Because they are my life. Because today is a day to celebrate all women.
“It took a lot for me to want to celebrate anything. I thought about it and I know that’s the way my dear friend would have wanted it.”
She continued of Perry, who died on March 4 from a stroke:
“His kids were his life. And anyone who knew him knows that and knows he didn’t give a f*#k about social media. So please don’t assume or judge or make rude comments. That’s really uncool. Sincerely, Jennie.”
Garth and Perry starred as Kelly Taylor and Dylan McKay, respectively, on the teen drama from 1990 to 2000.
Their characters ended the series as a romantic item.
The Mystery Girls alum is also set to return for a Beverly Hills, 90210 revival of sorts, along with original cast members Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders), Brian Austin Green (David Silver) and Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman).
In the wake of Perry’s passing, multiple 90210 alums have shared their condolences online.
Which is also their right, of course.
“My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared,” Jason Priestly wrote via Instagram on Thursday, March 7, adding:
“Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon … and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today.”
Elsewhere, Shannen Doherty posted on Instagram on Tuesday, March 5:
“Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me. I’m struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives.
“Processing this is impossible right now.”