A lot of celebrities have been speaking out against racial injustices as protests over the brutal murder of George Floyd take place around the world. Most of the celebrities’ messages have been met with respect and gratitude for speaking out. But not Lea Michele’s. When the Glee actress tweeted in support of Black Lives Matter, her former co-star, black actress Samantha Ware, called her out for the microaggressions that Michele made against her while they were working together. Michele apologized but Ware still had one more message for her.
What happened between Lea Michele and Samantha Ware?
After learning of the tragic killing of Floyd, Michele took to Twitter to express her dismay.
“George Floyd did not deserve this,” she wrote. “This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter.”
Ware then commented on the tweet.
“LMAO, REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?!” she wrote. “CAUSE I’LL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘S*IT IN MY WIG!’ AMONG OTHER TRAUMATIC MICRO AGGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…”
Lea Michele’s apology
Michele eventually responded with a long apology.
“One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face,” she started.
“When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior toward fellow cast members was perceived by them,” she wrote.
She went on to address the incident Ware mentioned.
“While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people,” she continued.
She also spoke of how she would do better in the future.
“I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes so that they can learn from me. 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.
What does Samantha Ware have to say?
Ware didn’t respond directly, but she did quote a word from Michele’s apology in one of her tweets.
“Perceived? Purcieved? Purse? Open your purse??????????????,” she wrote and linked to the GoFundMe page for the family of James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man who was killed by a white man named Jacob Gardner while protesting Floyd’s death. Scurlock was not charged with a crime as the Douglas County Attorney’s Office decided he was defending himself.