Rachel Bilson posted an unflattering high school throwback photo of Rami Malek on Instagram, Malek asked her to take it down via DM, and The O.C. actress complied…sort of. She recounted the story on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast and it predictably went viral, thereby further disrespecting the Oscar winner’s request for privacy.
Is it wrong to post an innocent, “nerdy” photo of someone sans their permission? Perhaps not. But as someone who has been asked to take down unflattering photos of friends and kindly complied, I can’t help but believe in Bilson’s malintent. Because Malek coldly made the request without any pleasantries attached, she felt offended – and struck back accordingly.