Helen Flanagan risks outrage with gun photo
Actress Helen Flanagan has risked causing outrage by posting a sick gun photograph online just days after the Connecticut school massacre.
The blonde, who starred in hit soap opera Coronation Street for 12 years before quitting in February, showed fans an image of herself posing in a black bra while pointing a pistol at her head.
The photo, taken for a fashion shoot in October, was uploaded to Flanagan's Twitter.com account on Monday with the message "Head f**k", just hours after the first victims of the atrocity were laid to rest.
However, on Wednesday, the actress hit back at editors of British newspaper The Sun for branding her "brainless" over the stunt.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Flanagan writes, "I am absolutely disgusted in this (sic). Completely cruel. I will absolutely not stand for this kind of bullying. Anyone who knows me knows I have the biggest heart... I feel really chocked up (sic) that's so cruel.
"Honestly I've got tears streaming down my face how can you do that to someone over something so tragic. (I) feel sick can't believe I woke up to that. I've just been crying to my bf (boyfriend) before he left for work... Now I am just absolutely livid."
The controversy comes amid growing pressure to tighten gun laws in the U.S. following the massacre on Friday when Adam Lanza gunned down 20 young children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut before killing himself.
what do you think?
Well its not her brains she is known for,is it. The tweet she made is all me me me...stupid girl.
God stop looking for a scapegoat are you going to ban all films and games with guns no so stop moaning you bigots
I'm sure we have all thought about the events in Connecticut numerous times since it happened and it doesn't take much for some detail in everyday life to spark a new conversation about it. Helen, however, doesn't seem that deep, really, and I don't think that even holding a gun registered in her any link to the tragedy. People are just (understandably, perhaps) extra sensitive to the issue now - but guns (and those wielding them) have been killing people for years. I'm sure no malice was intended; this is just another pointless picture.