YouTuber Kian Lawley was part of the upcoming movie adaption of the young adult novel The Hate U Give but was recently fired because a video of him using a racial slur has surfaced.
20th Century Fox announced that the 22-year-old would no longer be part of the film and they’re currently recasting his role. “Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give,” a spokesperson for the studio said in a statement.
They will be recasting and doing reshoots sort of like what All The Money In The World did with Kevin Spacey.
The video that shows Lawley’s fireable and racist actions resurfaced. It shows Lawley using the N-word, cussing and talking about racist stereotypes towards black people. The video bleeps out the racial slurs and cussing, but you can still have an understanding of what he’s saying.
In the beginning, he clearly says, “F**k N*****s, that’s why. We’re all black drinking f****ing purple Kool-Aid and eating Kentucky Fried mother f***ing Chicken.”
Then the video cuts to another clip taken from the same day based on the location and clothes. Lawley says, “F**k N*****s” again.
The Hate U Give is about a girl named Starr Carter and how she navigates the two worlds she is part of. One is the poor black community where she’s from and the other is the privilege and mostly white school she attends. Lawley was playing Carter’s boyfriend, Chris.
After the video reemerged and before he was fired Lawley tweeted about the video. He said that he has learned from his mistakes and has changed.
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.
— Kian Lawley (@KianLawley) February 4, 2018
According to Cosmopolitan, Lawley also released a statement after he was fired. “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,” the statement read. “I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on, I plan to use my voice for positive change.”