January Jones Embroiled In Controversy After Throwback Instagram Post Generates Cries Of Racism

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Jun. 20 2014, Published 4:24 p.m. ET

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Mad Men beauty January Jones found herself in the middle of an online controversy, after a Throwback Thursday post she put up of her maiden modeling spread angered browsers, who claimed it was racially-insensitive.

The 36-year-old actress, known for playing Betty Draper on the AMC hit, was wearing a sweater flanked by two young African teens not wearing shirts.

She initially wrote, I finally found it! #tbt to my first paid "modeling" gig for a knitting magazine in South Dakota #nailedit."

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But after a blowback of angry responses noting the potentially politically incorrect and racially-insensitive nature of the images, a flustered Jones removed the photo and lashed out about the blowback she’d received.

“I had to swap my #tbt pics because I was receiving too many negative comments and assumptions,” the mother-of-one wrote. “This forum should be a happy and fun place i have no patience for hate.”

January, who has a son named Xander Dane Jones, apparently deleted comments critical of the pics as well, as many Instagram users noted that their comments had disappeared. She later posted an image from the same shoot in which she was solo.

Readers, do you think January stepped over the line with the post? Sound off in comments!



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