YouTuber Kicked Off The Hate U Give Film For Racist Comments…White Fans Blame The Author
For the past few months, we’ve been talking about author Angie Thomas’ bestselling novel The Hate U Give, being turned into a feature film starring Amandla Sternberg as well as other familiar faces like Issa Rae, Common, Algee Smith, Regina Hall and more.
What we didn’t report was that casting directors had also chosen Youtuber Kian Lawley to take part in the production as well. He was set to play Sternberg’s boyfriend.
But then one of Lawley’s old videos surfaced. While it has since been removed from Youtube, it featured him saying the n-word and “We’re all black drinking purple Kool-aid and eating Kentucky fried motherf—king chicken.”
As a result, executives at Fox decided to cut him from the project and released this statement.
“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in ‘The Hate U Give.’ The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.”
Later, in a statement to Variety, Lawley issued an apology.
“Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry. I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for ‘The Hate U Give’ as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past. I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change.”
Later, he tweeted this.
In the days before Kian’s termination was publicly announced, Angie Thomas, who wrote The Hate U Give, shared her thoughts about the whole situation, particularly since people had been attacking her on social media.
You can see responses, good and bad to the controversy on the following pages.