YouTuber Kian Lawley sacked from The Hate U Give film over past racist comments

YouTuber Kian Lawley sacked from The Hate U Give film over past racist comments

Kian Lawley won't be appearing in The Hate U Give

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

YouTuber Kian Lawley has been sacked from his role on Twentieth Century Fox film The Hate U Give after a video emerged where he made racist remarks.

The video shows the man using the n-word and saying: "We’re all black drinking purple Kool-aid and eating Kentucky fried motherf***ing chicken,” according to Variety.

Yesterday (February 5) the YouTuber apologised for the video, which was uploaded by another account recently which claims it was originally created around three to four years ago.

Lawley said “words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry." He explained that he respects the decision of Fox to remove him from the film as "it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past."

He added that he understands the impact of his worse "and I have grown and learned since then." He also claimed he now wants to use his "voice for positive change."

The YouTuber also tweeted about the video on Sunday (February 5): “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.”

 

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

 

Lawley was playing the character Chris and the studio has said scenes already filmed will be re-shot with another actor.

The character was the boyfriend of the star of the film Amandla Stenberg. The film is based on a book by Angela Thomas which explores police brutality and racism.

The YouTuber has a variety of videos on his channel, such as comedy, challenges and vlogs.