"The Pretty Little Liars official Instagram account is not run by the show's creators, cast or crew," the exec said in an Instagram post. "We too were upset by the post yesterday and were happy to see that it was removed." Marlene captioned the post, "I encourage all people to be their true selves. And offer my support to the LBGT community."
Many fans called for a statement from her and ABC Family after a meme popped up on the show's Instagram feed Monday that showed Alison DiLaurentis asking her father "He's alive and he's coming for us, isn't he?," along with the caption, "He. She. It. Charlotte. #PrettyLittleLiars."
The problem with that caption is it was revealed in the season-six summer finale that 'A' is Charlotte Dilaurentis – a transgender woman who changed her name to CeCe Drake when she met the Liars. Alison appears to be referring to her in that meme.
The tweet/Instagram post was later deleted after fans made it clear on social media that they were not amused by it.
ABC Family also responded to the backlash with a network rep telling MTV News the tweet, "was in reference to lines Spencer and Hanna have said in previous episodes venting their frustration about not knowing the identity or gender of their tormentor ('A'). It was spoken by these characters a season before they found out that 'A' was a transgender character. We updated the reference by including the name Charlotte because it was revealed that Charlotte is 'A.'"
The rep also said once the meme was tweeted they realized it could've been misinterpreted and "immediately deleted" it. Now that both Marlene and ABC Family have apologized and explained the situation, it looks like most PLL fans have forgiven them. Hopefully, their social media managers will be a little more careful moving forward.