Nip / Tuck Actress AnnaLynne McCord received attention and backlash on Twitter on Thursday when she re-read an original poem addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, seemingly suggesting that she may have been a positive influence on him if she was his mother.
McCord, 34 years old, speaks in videotapes. “If I were your mother, you would be so loved. To be held in the arms of the joyful light. The circumstances of this story will never, the world unfold before our eyes. A pure downfall. Of the nation sitting peacefully under the night sky. “
McCord’s poem landed on the day Putin ordered Russian military forces to begin an all-out invasion – by land, sea and air – into Ukraine. Many news outlets are citing the invasion as the largest land war in Europe since the Second World War.
The poem continues: “If I were your mother, the world would be warm. Lots of laughter and fun, no harm done. I can’t imagine the stain. The soul-stealing pain, boy, you must have seen and believed and the formation of thought quickly taught you that you live in a cruel, unjust world. Is this why you now decide no one will give you the best help? Is this why you are neither hiding nor dodging taking back the world? Is it because it’s too soon, all those conflicts have wrapped your little body with fear? “
Going deeper into the more than two-minute video, McCord expressed: “Oh, Mr. President Putin, if only I could be your mother, perhaps the torture of wise children would not penetrate the heart. he about allegiance against that. The world seems so cruel. “
Among those who took to social media to comment on McCord’s poem was writer and actress Giulia Rozzi, who commented: “Dear actress AnnaLynne McCord, I’m sorry I’m not your mother . If I were your mother, I would teach you not to blame women for men’s behavior. Another user referenced McCord’s video and called it “self-involved and careless.”
Since posting early in the morning, the poem has received 13.9 million views, nearly 10,000 retweets and is continuing to receive attention.
McCord credits include 90210, The Night Shift, Secrets and Lies and The Book of Power III: Raising Kanan. Most recently, she appeared in the movie Vacation Jumping through the snow.
The Hollywood Reporter has contacted a McCord representative for comment.
See the full poem – until it breaks at 2:20 – below.
Dear President Vladimir Putin… pic.twitter.com/LbDFBHVWJf
– AnnaLynne McCord (@IAMannalynnemcc) February 24, 2022