An unlikely television feud has erupted amid the mess of white celebrities trying, and often failing, to participate in the Black Lives Matter movement online.
Glee star Lea Michele took to Twitter with a post in support of the protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer since charged with murder, but it seems the actress has a spotty history working with people of colour, and at the moment her alleged actions are speaking far louder than her words.
“George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter,” the star wrote on Twitter this morning.
Samantha Ware says Lea Michele ‘threatened to sh*t in my wig’ on Glee set
In response, former co-star Samantha Ware, who appeared on Glee in 2009, has slammed the star for her behaviour towards her back when they worked together.
In bold capital letters the actress, who played Jane Hayward on the series, claimed Lea made her life ‘hell’ on set, and even made threats towards her.
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD... https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware) June 2, 2020
“LMAO remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?!” she wrote, sharing the original post to her Twitter page. “Cause ill never forget.”
“I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would “shit in my wig!” amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood....”
Glee stars Alex Newell, Amber Patrice Riley react to explosive post
The explosive claims have prompted a wave of support for other black artists, some of whom also appeared on the show.
Alex Newell played Unique Adams on the show, the first transgender character included in the ensemble.
In response to Samantha’s claims, he shared a gif indicating he has something to add on the issue, but has yet to elaborate further.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown also showed her support.
“I felt every one of those capital letters,” she wrote.
“Felt like claps,” Alex responded.
Meanwhile, Amber Patrice Riley who played Mercedes on the show has not directly commented beyond sharing a couple of cryptic gifs showing her former Glee character raising her hand as if asking to speak.
Lea has made no response to the commentary, but if the reactions from fellow castmates are anything to go by, there is more to come.
She has formerly been embroiled in controversy with former castmate Naya Rivera, claiming the star ignored her on set when her character became more central to the series.
Glee cast plagued with controversy
The cast of the show has been strangely plagued with controversy since it first aired back in 2009.
Mark Salling, who played Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman, on the series died by suicide in 2018 just weeks after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
Cory Monteith, who played Lea’s character Rachel’s love interest Finn Hudson, lost a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction in 2013.
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