LEA MICHELE Apologizes For Past Behavior; More Former Co-Stars Speak Out
Lea Michele has issued an apology after being called out by Glee co-star Samantha Marie Ware for making her experience on the show "a living hell".
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD..." Samantha wrote on Twitter after Lea tweeted in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD... https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware) June 2, 2020
Fellow cast member Alex Newell reacted to the tweet which was liked by another Glee alum, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist. Other actors who worked on the show also shared their unfortunate experience with Lea on the set.
GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE “I DIDNT BELONG THERE” FUCK YOU LEA https://t.co/s4NoLdtqRs— Dabier (@OfficialDabier) June 2, 2020
Amber Riley - who posted a few GIFs in response to Samantha's tweet - later said in an online interview, "I’m not going to say that Lea Michele is racist. That’s not what I’m saying. That was the assumption because of what’s going on right now in the world and it happened toward a Black person. But at the same time, in my inbox there are a lot of Black actors and actresses telling me their stories and letting me know they have dealt with the same things on set, being terrorized by the white girls that are the leads of the show."
Heather Morris shared that Lea was "unpleasant to work with" but also added that "at the current moment its implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we’re assuming, and you know what happened when we all assume."
In a statement posted on her Instagram, Lea - who is expecting her first child - claims not recalling the specific remarks that her co-star says she made and "that she has never judged others by their background or color of their skin."
"What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people," her statement read. "Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings."
"I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience," she promised at the end of her message.
Despite her lengthy statement, some felt that it wasn't an actual apology including her former co-star in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, Gerard Canonico.
SPRING AWAKENING castmember Gerard Canonico has weighed in, calling Michele “nothing but a nightmare.” pic.twitter.com/wCJcSmbgsn— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) June 3, 2020