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Lea Michele has issued a public apology for her allegedly racist and hurtful behavior on the set of Glee, after being called out by one of her black co-stars.
28-year-old Samantha Ware – who played the role of Jane Hayward on the sixth season of Glee – called the 33-year-old lead actress out when she tweeted about her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Samantha alleged that Lea made her life “a living hell” on the set of Glee, threatened to “s**t in her wig”, and made her question her future as an actress.
Lea has now issued a long, public apology for her behavior, not only towards Samantha Ware, but as a whole…
“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,” Lea Michele said, in reference to her tweet about George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“But the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.”
Lea then referenced Samantha Ware’s allegation – i.e. the wig s**tting – and continued to address her on-set behavior which “hurt other people”…
“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,” Lea Michele said in the statement.
“What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.
“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.”
Lea Michele – who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich later this year – concluded her statement by saying that she wants to keep working on herself so that she can be the best role model to her child…
“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,” she concluded.
“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 do you think about her apology?