AnnaLynne McCord, the actress best known for her stints on FX’s Nip/Tuck and The CW’s 90210, was widely mocked on social media Thursday for a bizarre poem she wrote about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The video, which runs just shy of three minutes long, features McCord reading a short rhyme as if she were Putin’s mother, implying that the Russian leader invaded Ukraine Thursday because of childhood trauma and not broader geopolitical goals.
Apparently unbothered by McCord’s slam poem, Putin and the Russian military continued to push west past the Ukrainian border Thursday. U.S. President Joe Biden inked an executive order within hours of the attack, calling for punitive economic sanctions, and NATO allies including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany appear poised to do the same.
What Did AnnaLynne McCord Say?
In the video, McCord, 34, reads a poem she wrote for the Russian president.
“Dear President Vladimir Putin, I’m so sorry that I was not your mother,” she begins.
“If I was a mother, you would have been so loved, held in the arms of joyous light. Never would this story’s plight, the world unfurled before our eyes, a pure demise of nations sitting peaceful [sic] under the night sky. If I was your mother, the world would have been warm.”
“If I was your mother, if the world was cold, I’d have died to make you warm. […] I’d have died to give you life,” she continued.
“I know if I was your mother, that would be a start toward the awareness of what a powerful being of light you could be. I cannot believe I was born too late, in a different place,” McCord concluded.
Twitter Slams Bizarre Vladimir Putin Poem
Almost immediately, Twitter users began mocking the bizarre screed as out-of-touch and inappropriate in the middle of a full-scale, conventional war.
“This might be the worst tweet of all time,” quipped one user. This alone should land you a spot in The Hague.”
“Imagine seeing a war unfold and you think ‘wow, this wouldn’t have happened if i was this guys mother,’” joked another.
“At the center of every serious issue is a white woman seeing an opportunity to make her slam poetry debut,” wrote one commenter.
“Why do celebs keep sending their audition tapes to Twitter?” wrote ScreenRant’s Arctic Ninja Paul, in an apparent reference to Gal Gadot’s infamous “Imagine” video from 2020. Others saw similarities, as well.
“Blake Lively’s tether decided to come out of retirement and give us something worse than the Imagine video disaster,” joked one user.
Some poked fun at McCord’s poem itself, swapping out some key phrases to turn the rhyme around on her.
YouTuber Seth Everman wrote: “Dear [AnnaLynne], I’m so sorry that I was not your mother. You would have been so loved. Held in the arms of joyous light. Never would I have named you AnnaLynne, well, maybe out of spite. So much laughter, never bitter, and Nothing would make you post this to twitter.”
Still, some fans of the actress said she meant well when she uploaded the video message.
“Ignore the haters, queen. Don’t let them stop you from pouring your heart out,” said one user, before issuing a follow-up that might have revealed his real motive: “[by the way,] if you need someone to talk to, my DM’s are open.”