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Melissa Joan Hart In Hot Water Over Insensitive Post

In the aftermath of the recent deadly hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, many people, including celebrities like Kenny Chesney, have taken to social media to show support for the victims and raise money for relief efforts.

However, there were other celebrities, like Melissa Joan Hart, who took to Instagram to complain about Hurricane Maria being an inconvenience to her family.

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The Sabrina the Teenage Witch star's controversial post went up after a news update warned that Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Dominica as a Category 5.

While some fans chalked it up to a lapse in judgement, others were not pleased with her insensitivity.

Hart, 41, shared a screenshot of the alert on her phone along with a caption that read, "And just like that, our family vacation is cancelled. such a bummer but we plan to hit the @Nickresportpuntacana resort another time this year."

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As soon as the Instagram photo went up, followers flooded the comment section and Twitter to call her out for the ill-timed post.

"Sorry about your vacation. #noapology?" wrote a user.

One follower wrote on Twitter, “I think you should be more concerned with the people that live there instead of your meaningless vacation.”

“First, Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic, not Dominica. And it’s better to be ‘bummed’ about death, destruction there,” replied another.

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Although some fans sympathized with Hart, she deleted the post shortly after it started to draw in criticisms.

She has since posted other photos and messages of support to those affected by the Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as well as other natural disasters.

“My thoughts are with all my friends in Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands that are being hit by #hurricaneMaria today,” Hart captioned a repost from Salma Hayek.

Another one of her posts referenced the Disney film Moana for a "little light humor, considering the devastation of recent natural events," she wrote.

"Someone find Maui and take back the heart...God be with everyone affected by the storms, earthquakes, fires, droughts, etc."

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