Millionaire actress Cynthia Nixon has attacked stores for trying to stop shoplifters — sparking a massive Twitter backlash against her “moral grandstanding.”
The “Sex and the City” star tweeted her outrage over shoplifters being prosecuted amid reports that Walgreens was shuttering 17 stores in San Francisco because of rampant theft.“The CVS on my corner has started locking up basic items like clothing detergent,” the one-time wannabe New York governor tweeted Saturday.
“As so many families can’t make ends meet right now, I can’t imagine thinking that the way to solve the problem of people stealing basic necessities out of desperation is to prosecute them,” she wrote.
A handful of followers applauded Nixon’s support for the needy — while the vast majority erupted in outrage and baffled amazement.
“Why don’t you leave the doors to your posh co-op unlocked, and the closets and freezer stocked. Those in need can come help themselves?” replied former prosecutor Thomas Kenniff, who is running for Manhattan DA.
It was a message shared by many others, with some noting that the actress — who is reportedly getting $1 million an episode for the “SATC” reboot — lives in a $3.25 million home in swanky Noho in Manhattan.
“You live in a neighborhood of $3 million-dollar apartments and townhouses. No one at your CVS is ‘desperate’ to steal ‘basic necessities.’,” @a_centrism told her.
“This isn’t just moral grandstanding on your part, it’s really incompetent moral grandstanding.”
Another person insisted that it showed that “Cynthia lives in a different world” and was “virtue signaling.”
“I would love to know when Cynthia Nixon last bought a box of laundry detergent and if she has ever stepped foot inside a CVS,” @hipchecked added.
Vince Sena asked the actress to post her address, saying, “I need some basic necessities and I figured you might have them in your home. If it’s OK, I’d like to come and get them this evening.”
One follower accused Nixon of using “other people and other people’s money to pay for your ‘outrage.'”
“If it were your business dealing with this you’d be complaining too,” Morg3nDallas wrote.
Lynn MacDonald tweeted that she “grew up poor” and found it “insulting that you think the less fortunate have no ability to discern right from wrong.”
“Also, allowing widespread theft will result in higher prices, punishing the poor and honest,” she told the actress.
Sandy Marks also said it was “disrespectful to assume poor people need to steal.”
“Most ‘poor people’ do not steal. Criminals steal,” she wrote.
Donnie3082 even admitted to “being an occasional shoplifter in my youth,” saying it had nothing to do with being “impoverished” — and insisted that “when I was finally arrested it helped me immensely.”
Others, like @CarlottBolott, asked her “which laws do we choose to follow?”
“Do you really think society will be better off if we let people just walk into a store and steal whatever they want? This is how Democrats lose elections,” she wrote.
“Can we pick and choose which laws to ignore cause I’d lo