Lea Michele Finally Responds With A Sorry-But-Not-Really Apology For Bullying Former Black Co-Stars

Lesson 101 on how to ‘not’ give an apology

It had been two days since the Barry actress, Samantha Marie Ware, accused her former Glee co-star, Lea Michele for being a racist who bullied her black castmates, following which many other co-stars of the three-time Grammy-nominated actress came forward with similar experiences. And now (finally!), Michele has issued an apology, while saying that she doesn’t remember saying that she would defecate in Ware’s “wig”. 

The exchange began when Lea Michele took to Twitter to support #BlackLivesMatter

“George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end,” she wrote, along with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Soon, Samantha Ware responded to the tweet, reminding Michele of the time when she made Ware’s life on the sets of Glee a “living hell.”

“I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s— in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood,” Ware had tweeted.

After many others co-stars of Michele made similar accusations, the meat-kit company, HelloFresh, terminated Michele’s partnership with them

“HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele,” the company announced.

And now, after two days of countless criticisms and severe backlash, Lea Michele has finally apologized 

She took to Instagram to post a lengthy post, accepting that she “clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.” 

“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,” read the post. 

“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,” Michele continued, adding that the accusations leveled against her focus on how her behavior was “perceived” by her fellow cast members.

As for the threats Ware claimed Michele made, the former Glee star has no memory of “ever making this specific statement” and is sure that she “never judged others by their background or color of their skin.”

While she stressed that her “privileged position and perspective” may have caused others to see her as “insensitive or inappropriate at times”, Michele, about to be a mother in a few months, assured that she is “working to better myself” as she wants to be a “real role model for my child”.

“I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience,” she concluded. 

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