Samantha Marie Ware was taken aback by Lea Michele’s choice of words in her apology, after accusing her ‘Glee’ co-star of making her ‘first television gig a living hell.’
Samantha Marie Ware, 28, was not a fan of how Lea Michele worded her apology. However, she used it as an opportunity to clap back with her own wordplay. On June 3, Lea regretted how she was “perceived” in the past (a word she used twice) while apologizing after Samantha accused Lea of making her “FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL” and committing “TRAUMATIC MICROAGGRESSIONS.”
“Perceived? Purcieved? Purse? Open your purse??????????????,” Samantha tweeted later that day, although she didn’t tag Lea. Instead, she linked a GoFundMe page for the family of James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man who was protesting George Floyd’s death in downtown Omaha, Nebraka when he was shot to death by white bar owner Jacob Gardner on May 30. The bar owner avoided charges because he was determined to be acting in self-defense by the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.
In Lea’s controversial apology, she wrote, “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.” Lea was referring to her tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement and George’s death; she continued, “But the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.” She later added, “Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused.” You can read her full statement below.
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Samantha wasn’t impressed with Lea’s attempt at solidarity. After clapping back with claims of her time on set with Lea on Glee, on which Samantha appeared in 11 episodes of as Jane Hayward, HelloFresh even dropped its partnership with Lea. The meal-kit delivery service announced it does “not condone racism nor discrimination,” but fellow Glee star Heather Morris gave Lea the benefit of the doubt.
“Let me be very clear, Hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for hate to be spread to anyone else. With that said, was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out,” Heather, who played cheerleader Brittany Susan Pierce on the show, posted. Her defense came in the next half of the Twitter statement; she added, “And yet, it’s also on us because to allow it go on for so long without speaking out is something else we’re learning along with the rest of society,” she wrote. “But, at the current moment it is implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we’re assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume…”
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