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Last Tuesday (02), Lea Michele, star of the Glee series, was accused of racism by former castmate Samantha Ware, after using her Twitter profile to speak out in favor of the #BlackLivesMatter (Black Lives Matter) campaign , in Portuguese).
Lea Michele: “George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and needs to end. #VidasNegrasImportam”
Samantha Ware: “Laughter, remember when you made my first television experience hell on Earth? Because I will never forget it. I believe you told everyone that if you could, you would” shit in my wig “, among other traumatic microaggressions that made me question my career in Hollywood “
The controversy went viral on the social network, gaining strength when Amber Patrice Riley and Alex Newell, other black Glee actors, commented on gifs reacting in a mysterious way to the subject, leading fans to believe that they too may have been victims of Lea during the series’ backstage.
Yvette Nicole Brown, who starred with Lea on the sitcom The Mayor (2017), also commented: “I felt each of these capital letters”, referring to Samantha’s words. “I felt like slaps,” replies Newell.
This Wednesday morning, June 3, Lea Michele published an open letter on her Instagram in which she apologizes. In translation:
” One of the most important lessons I have learned in the past few weeks is that we need time to listen and learn about others’ perspectives and any role we have or anything we can do to help against the injustices they face. When I tweeted the other day, it was with the intention of showing support to my friends, neighbors and communities of color during this very difficult time, but the responses I received about what I posted made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior with my castmates were noticed by them.
Although I don’t remember making that specific statement and I never judged others by their backgrounds or their skin color, that’s not exactly the point, what is important is that I clearly acted in ways that hurt other people. If it was my privileged position and perspective that led me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times, or if it was just my immaturity and me being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain I have caused. We can all grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.
I am a few months away from becoming a mother and I know that I need to continue working on improving myself and taking responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a model for my child and so that I can pass on my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me. I heard these criticisms and I am learning and, while I am sorry, I will be better in the future for this experience. “
She does not cite names or events, being again criticized on social media for a superficial note, while some fans are grateful for her response.
Samantha, Yvette, Alex and Amber have not commented yet.
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