YouTube Star Loses Role In Film Over Past Use of the N-Word

If you’ve made a video using racial slurs in the past and become famous, chances are quite high that said video will come back to bite you. Hard. YouTuber and Teen Choice Award winner Kian Lawley has been removed from the upcoming film The Hate U Give, after a video of him using the n-word surfaced in late January, according to Deadline. A spokesperson for Twentieth Century Fox Films said in a statement, “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.”

The sad irony is that the film, based on the 2017 novel of the same name, is racially charged to begin with, having been directly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Written by Angie Thomas, the book centers on 16-year-old Starr Carter, a young girl pulled to activism after witnessing her unarmed best friend be killed by the police. The book straddles between Starr’s poor, black neighborhood, the white prep school she goes to and her delicate balance between the two. Hate’s main star Amandla Stenberg, who plays Starr, is herself a young activist who has been vocal about injustice, diversity and racial inequality throughout her career. Lawley was set to play Starr’s boyfriend, Chris, but those scenes are now set to be scrubbed from the film.

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50 thoughts on “YouTube Star Loses Role In Film Over Past Use of the N-Word

  1. Wow he said that word such a long time ago and it's just now being brought up again and now he just lost a major role in a movie honestly he's changed he did learn from his mistakes he never said it again. But he will have more opportunities

  2. I've never used this specific word although I don't have black friends considering the fact that I live in a country of mostly whites. I never even thought that I was better than someone just because they were black and I am not against their decision of not including him in the movie BUT I do believe that if we fight for equality we shouldn't be categorising people like that. Someone said in the comments that ''it's our word and whites can't use it'' but dude, for many years black people have been fighting to stop this categorisation and you now come and talk all this shit over a word? I get it that black people have been through hell but it's about fucking time we stop doing this. We are all humans, we are all equal, delete this stupid word off of your vocabulary too if it's so offensive. I personally wouldn't want to call my friends something this bad!

  3. This is a democratic circle jerk. This guy sucks as a person but come on what are women and black people dealing with???? You guys don’t need to score as high on tests to get into university as we do!!!!! You guys have literally every single right we do!! Fuck off blm and me too it was noble at first but now you guys are pushing to ovethrow everything for absurd reasons you politically correct cunts

  4. Whats up with all these weak ass YouTuber white guys saying the N word? This dude, Pewdiepie, and others…it’s like why? Why is it so hard not to say it, especially on camera for everyone to hear ?

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