Rosanna Arquette: 'I'm sorry I was born white and privileged'

Rosanna Arquette has locked her Twitter account after a tweet she posted on Wednesday prompted “threatening and cruel” backlash.

The actress, known for starring in films like Desperately Seeking Susan and Pulp Fiction, as well as her recent work as a #MeToo activist, caused a stir when she tweeted that she felt “so much shame” and disgust at being born white and privileged.

Arquette's tweet. (Photo: Twitter)

Arquette — whose siblings include actors Patricia, David and the late Alexis Arquette — faced ridicule from conservative commenters thanks in part to far-right outlet Breitbart News’s coverage of her statement.

Many of the reactions, including one from comedian Nick DiPaolo, made claims about her mental health, with some of the more abusive tweets suggesting suicide.

In a statement to The Wrap, Arquette claimed that the FBI had urged her to make her Twitter account private, though she didn’t elaborate on how federal law enforcement got involved. Only the 89,600 accounts who were already following Arquette — who has locked her account in the past — are privy to her tweets.

“Yes, I’m locked to protect myself,” she said, adding, “I was told by FBI to lock it up.

“There are toxic and very vicious people on social media,” she continued. “Threatening and cruel. I said yesterday the I am ashamed of the color of my skin. I am privileged just because I’m white. I feel shame. Because of all the violence that is happening in America and other racist countries.”

Arquette has primarily used her Twitter to criticize Donald Trump as well as speak about women’s rights and the #MeToo movement, which she became involved in after going public with her allegation of being sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein in the ‘90s. She has blamed her rejection of the movie producer for being “blackballed” by the film industry.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12: Rosanna Arquette attends the Women in Film Annual Gala 2019 presented by Max Mara at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 12, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/FilmMagic,)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: Actor Rosanna Arquette attends Pedal On The Pier at Santa Monica Pier on June 02, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Rosanna Arquette attends Valentino Sponsors H.E.A.R.T. Annual Brunch on April 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for VALENTINO )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: Rosanna Arquette at Film Independent Presents The Conversation: Rosanna Arquette at Film Independent Screening Room on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 23: Rosanna Arquette attends the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Rosanna Arquette arrives at the Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Rosanna Arquette celebrates Spike Lee and Ghetto Film School at Tesse Restaurant on February 21, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Ghetto Film School)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Rosanna Arquette attends The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2019 Presented By Macy's at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for AHA)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Rosanna Arquette attends the "Untouchable" Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on January 25, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 22: Rosanna Arquette attends the 3rd annual National Day of Racial Healing at Array on January 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Rosanna Arquette speaks at the 2019 Women's March Los Angeles on January 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
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