Cole Sprouse Apologizes After Being Slammed for Insensitive IG Post

By  | 

If you follow Cole Sprouse on social media, you’ve probably seen all of the incredible photos he’s posted from his trip to Manila, in the Philippines. For the most part, fans have been absolutely loving his pics, which mostly show what real life is like for locals around the city — even the impoverished parts.


A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) on

Majority of the photos Cole posted were captioned simply with “Manila,” but for one photo in particular, Cole decided to switch it up, and to say it didn’t go over well would be, well, an understatement.

The photo in question featured children standing in the middle of the street staring as Cole snapped photos of them, and while no one could deny it was a deeply touching photo, it got a lot of backlash because of its caption. Rather than captioning it the same as the other photos, Cole wrote, “Well I’m not your parent, don’t gotta follow me around,” which was extremely insensitive.

One IG user in particular called Cole out for making light of the children’s living situation. They wrote, “You shouldn’t post a photo of some innocent kid with her poor impoverished living conditions in the back and make a joke. A rich white privileged man going into a place he really doesn’t belong taking pictures and putting a caption like that…” Well, they’re definitely not wrong!

Soon after, it seemed that Cole recognized his faux pas because he removed the photo from Instagram and apologized via his story. He wrote, “For those of you that took offense to this photo or the caption, I removed it. My apologies, and not my intention. Certainly not seeking to sensationalize poverty nor poke fun, shoulda have thought more about the words used, and the implications of those words I hadn’t even considered.”

Despite the backlash, Cole plans on continuing to post photos from his trip, mainly because, when captioned appropriately, fans love that the pics showcase Manila in a very real way, and that includes both the good and bad parts.

Well, hopefully he’s learned his lesson and will be a little more sensitive next time!