A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Posted A Really Offensive Photo About Colombians On Twitter

She deleted the photo depicting Colombia’s soccer players snorting cocaine but provoked outrage online. UPDATE: Van Dam apologized on Twitter for her earlier tweet.

1. This is Nicolette Van Dam, a Dutch actress and a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

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2. Tomorrow, Colombia will play in the World Cup, and earlier this evening Nicolette decided to post this on Twitter:

The picture, which reads, “The Colombian wall,” has offended many for how it perpetuates stereotypes.

3. Many have taken to Twitter to express their disgust, questioning her role as a “UNICEF Goodwill ambassador”:

5. Others expressed how her actions were hurtful and disrespectful:

@NicoletteVanDam A whole country hate you #ColombiaIsNOTCocaine We deserve respect

— Ángela Riveros L. (@AngelitaRiveros)

7. And others commented on the joke’s poor taste:

@NicoletteVanDam Gross ignorant, Colombia is much more than that¡¡¡¡¡


@RevistaSemana A eurocentric vision that mocks the sport and producing countries cocaine consumed in the Netherlands @NicoletteVanDam

— ArtistasZonaOriente (@ArtistasZona)

@NicoletteVanDam You should seriously consider a recovery treatment from both your addictions and your lousy humor.

— Francisco Durán (@pachoduran)

10. Update — 8:16 p.m. ET: Van Dam offered an apology on Twitter for her earlier tweet.

Queridos Colombianos, there was no offense intended from my side. Please accept my honest and sincere apologies. #RespectColombia

— Nicolette van Dam (@NicoletteVanDam)

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