Amanda Knox's murder joke riles up Instagram

Amanda Knox posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday with a comment that seems to flippantly reference the fact that she was once on trial for murder. for the death of her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher. Now commenters are divided, with some calling the quip "clever" and others telling the 31-year-old, "you have no shame."

The old-fashioned image shows Knox and her fiancé, Christopher Robinson, seated on a sofa and looking sombre in Victorian garb. They're playing roles in a "murder mystery party" that Knox notes was thrown by her friend, Leila Blue Aram-Panahi.

In the caption, she draws a parallel between the party premise and her own life. It reads, "Victorian London: A priceless painting goes missing and the owner is found both poisoned and stabbed. And would you believe it, I, the Countess of Lovelace, am accused. Also acquitted, all in four hours. Better than four years."

Those "four years" refer to the time Knox spent in an Italian prison — from 2007, when she was charged with murdering Kercher, until 2011, when she was acquitted at age 24.

Today, Knox lives in Seattle with Robinson and works as an activist for the wrongfully accused and as a columnist for the West Side Herald. She keeps a relatively low profile, but maintains more than 43,000 Instagram followers. Their reactions to her post ranged from offended to impressed.

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Cecilia Vega interviews Amanda Knox on 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, May 2, 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA KNOX
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: (Exclusive Coverage)Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson are seen leaving 'Good Morning America' on May 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Amanda Knox is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Thursday, September 29, 2016, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA KNOX
SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 27: Amanda Knox speaks to the media during a brief press conference in front of her parents' home March 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been acquitted by Italy's highest court in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, who was killed in her bedroom on November 1, 2007 in Perugia. Standing with Knox are her fiance Colin Sutherland and mother, Edda Mellas. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - During an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, Amanda Knox vowed to fight murder conviction, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA KNOX
FLORENCE, ITALY - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Meredith Kercher's sister Stephanie Kercher, brother Lyle Kercher and lawyer Francesco Maresca speak to the press at the Star Hotel the day after the final verdict of the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito retrial at the Courthouse of Florence on January 31, 2014 in Florence, Italy. The court yesterday reinstated the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher in 2007. The verdict overturns Knox and Sollecito's successful appeal in 2011 which released them after four years in jail. Meredith Kercher was murdered in her bedroom on November 1st, 2007 in Perugia. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
US student Amanda Knox is seen in court on September 23, 2011 as her appeal trial against her conviction for the murder of British housemate Meredith Kercher is winding up, with prosecutors set to present their final arguments Today. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 2009 but has always protested her innocence, and the appeal hearing has cast serious doubts on the DNA evidence that helped convict her and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. AFP PHOTO/MARIO LAPORTA (Photo credit should read MARIO LAPORTA/AFP/Getty Images)
PERUGIA, ITALY - JULY 30: Amanda Knox attends a session of her appeal against her murder conviction in Perugia's Court of Appeal on July 30, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder of Ms Knox's former British flatmate Meredith Kercher in 2007. Their trial took place in December 2009 with Knox and Sollecito receiving sentences of 26 and 25 years respectively. Rudy Guede, an unemployed man from Ivory Coast, was also convicted of the Meredith Kercher's murder. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Amanda Knox appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 5/1/13 - Amanda Knox - the college junior who became the center of a dramatic murder trial in Italy, conviction and the court appeal that finally acquitted and freed her - speaks to Robin Roberts on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA KNOX
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Amanda Knox leaves 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on May 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
(FILES) This file picture taken on March 12, 2011 shows US Amanda Knox takes place in court before the start of a session of her appeal trial in Perugia's courthouse. talian prosecutors on February 14, 2012 lodged an appeal against the acquittal of US student Amanda Knox, accusing her of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher in the university town of Perugia in 2007. AFP PHOTO/ FILES / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 04: Amanda Knox speaks at a news conference at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on October 04, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
US Amanda Knox reacts at the announce of the verdict of her appeal trial in the Meredith Kercher' murder on October 3, 2011at Perugia's court. American Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder and sexual assault by an Italian appeal court on Monday after four years in custody over the killing of her British housemate Meredith Kercher. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

"I'm sure Meredith's family isn't laughing over this," one person wrote. "Have some respect for an innocent victim; she and her family are the real victims in this."

Another wrote, "I believe you are innocent of the murder of Meredith Kercher, Amanda, but really, this post is ridiculously tone-deaf. Surely, you must have expected some backlash?"

"Karma will get ya," added a commenter.

But those are the only remaining negative comments, as Knox appears to have deleted others, including, "You have no shame," "Anything for attention" and "Murder, your favourite subject!" according to Fox News.

Some comments came from people who expressed support for Knox and loved the "creative" caption and the "shade" she was throwing.

"This post is BRILLIANT. She shouldn't have ANY shame about posting this. How about what it caused her and the time she spent in JAIL fighting for her freedom," one person wrote.

"The girl is allowed to have a dark sense of humour," added another supporter.

Knox — along with her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito — was convicted in 2009 before the decision was reversed. Her acquittal was overturned in 2013 and she was convicted again before finally having her case overturned in 2015.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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