‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Ashley Benson Ripped for Posting Cecil The Lion Costume Photo

Fans call the actress “ignorant” and “dumb” on social media

“Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson found herself in hot water when she posted a picture (below) of herself in what she described as a “Cecil the lion costume.”

Benson has since changed the caption on Instagram to read “lion costume,” but fans took to social media to express their outrage.

“YOU [sic] are ignorant. So appalling,” one user wrote. Another said, “She changed her comment…@itsashbenzo-coward …dumb remark should have just said Lion…who are you anyways?”

Others voiced support for Benson, saying things like, “People that got upset or offended over a lion they only know from hearing on the news need to get over themselves.”

Cecil was the name given to a lion living in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. In July, the lion was killed by a Minnesota dentist named Walt Palmer, who piad two local guides $50,000 to help him track and kill the lion. However, the lion was part of a study being conducted by Oxford University.

It was wearing a GPS tracking collar, which helped authorities determine who the guides were, and eventually led them to Palmer.