Modern Family star cops backlash over 'drunk' elevator video
SOCIAL media users have hit out at InStyle Magazine for posting a video of actor Sarah Hyland appearing intoxicated while trying to leave an elevator at a Golden Globes afterparty.
The video, which is part of the Golden Globes Elevator series from InStyle, features 27-year-old Hyland stumbling out of the lift with a bottle of champagne in hand, while a bellboy has his hands around her waist.
At the end of the clip, Hyland is filmed laughing and taking his hat, before falling backwards into the man's arms while trying to leave the elevator. The bellboy is smiling, and the elevator doors close.
Paired with the theme of the 2018 Golden Globes, which was surrounded by the Time's Up initiative where guests wore black and some brought activists to the ceremony, social media users felt the clip went against the message of the evening, and should be "taken down".
"Mixed messages here. I'm not a fan of this one," one user posted.
"This one is def against the cause!" another added. "Shocking that this is the message @instylemagazine wants to put out there on their platform tonight.
"Wow I'm shocked this is still up given the whole times up movement. Doesn't look good."
The post, which received more than 780k views and 470 comments, called for the video to be removed, and an apology to be issued.
"Many of us would like this post to be cancelled and @instylemagazine to apologise," one person suggested.
"What in the world were you thinking with this? Did you not get the memo about tonight?" another added.
"This contradicts everything tonight was about ... How this video make it out of the edit room is beyond me. This needs to be taken down."
"A little pervy, no?" another posted.
But others felt the video was in good fun, and that some people had taken the wrong message from the clip.
"All the people who make a problem out of this video of all things are the problem themselves," one person said.
"Maybe this is @instylemagazine stance on the #timesup movement. Nothing is ever done without thought," another questioned.
Hyland, who is best known for her role as Haley Dunphy on sitcom Modern Family, last year took to social media to clear the air about her shrinking frame.
Taking to Twitter, Hyland pushed back on rumours that she was dealing with anorexia.
"I'd like to address something that has not only been brought up on Twitter but has been HEAVILY discussed by all of you in my Instagram accounts," Hyland wrote.
"That something is my weight."
Hyland went on to explain how she'd been described as "skinny" and "disgusting" over recent weeks, with one social media user saying she needed to "eat a burger" because her head was bigger than her body.
Hyland, who was diagnosed with a condition called kidney dysplasia, underwent a kidney transplant in 2012.
It is understood the weight loss at the time of her post was because of a medical condition - which subsequently resulted Hyland needing bed rest and no exercise.
"I haven't had the greatest year," she wrote.
"Maybe one day I'll talk about it but for now, I'd like my privacy. I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes.
"I have been told that I can't work out. Which, for me, is very upsetting.
"I love to be STRONG. (I'll be using that word a lot) Strength is everything. Being strong has gotten me where I am. Both mentally and physically. I am not a fan of 'being skinny.' "