Who Is Kian Lawley? Youtuber Fired From Film Inspired By BLM
Who Is Kian Lawley?
Kian Lawley, a Youtube star, has been fired from the film adaptation of The Hate U Give after a video showing the actor making racist remarks surfaced online.
What is The Hate U Give? How was The Hate U Give inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement?
What did Kian Lawley Say In The Racist Video?
The 12-second video, which has been removed from YouTube, featuring Kian Lawley recently surfaced which showed Lawley using racist slurs and included racist comments. In the clip, Lawley said, "We're all black drinking purple Kool-Aid and eating Kentucky fried motherfucking chicken."
A Twentieth Century Fox Films spokesperson told Variety:
"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."
What Is The Hate U Give?
The Hate U Give is a young adult novel by Angie Thomas that is set to be adapted into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg as the main character Starr.
The story follows Starr, a 16-year-old, who feels her life is split between her poor and mostly black neighborhood and the suburban prep school her and her brother attend.
Lawley was set to play Stenberg's boyfriend in the film.
How Did Black Lives Matter Inspire The Hate U Give?
Starr eventually witnesses her unarmed best friend die at the hands of a police officer. Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, and Common will also star in the film.
Lawley has apologized for the racist comments he made in the video by posting on his Twitter account. He has said "the past two weeks have been hell for me, but I'm the enemy. Y'all. I've been trying. You just don't know."
Click the slideshow to see his official Twitter statement on the issue.
"if u don't learn from ur mistakes, u can never grow as a person.
"i've learned a lot & i am grateful to have the power to change. i never want to be who i was yesterday. we're in a constant battle to become a better version of ourselves, use ur voice as ur weapon."
"First of all, I am deeply sorry to those that were effected by my choice of language. I understand that I am in the public eye & have many supporters, but none of my actions that took place should be supported. Words have power and can do a lot 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 a lot and learned since then."
"With that being said, I am fully aware of the mistakes I have made and strive every day to become a better me than I was yesterday. We all have a voice, whether it's big or small, we need to use it to spread love & light. From now on, I plan to use my voice for positive change."
Lawley fans have gone after the author of the book on Twitter. Angie Thomas posted that she's been "hurt severely" by what happened. The Hate U Give is the author's breakout novel.
"Y'all are screenshotting me and coming at my friends without knowing the details of the situation. There is so much more that you don't know, and I'm honestly sad for you.
But I'm unprofessional?"
"Oh, only you knew half of what I've gone through because of this. Half of the tears that have been shed. The disappointment and heartbreak.
Don't assume, sweets. Everything I've Tweeted is out of sheer disappointment in someone I love. They know. I know. That's all that matters."
"I've been hurt severely. But please, make me the bad guy. Please, call out black women and attack us. You have no clue what I'm dealing with."
"Feel free to love your fave. But know that there is a TON of pain associated with this, more than you know. If I subtweet, I subtweet. I do what I want on my Twitter because yep, I'm a grown woman."