Kian Lawley fired from The Hate U Give after racist video surfaces

Kian Lawley has been fired from upcoming movie The Hate U Give after a video surfaced showing him making offensive remarks.The actor and YouTube star had been cast in the role of Chris, the boyfriend of main character Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), i…

Kian Lawley has been fired from upcoming movie The Hate U Give after a video surfaced showing him making offensive remarks.

The actor and YouTube star had been cast in the role of Chris, the boyfriend of main character Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), in the adaptation of Angie Thomas’ young adult novel of the same name, which tells of a woman drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend.

However, executives at Twentieth Century Fox Film announced on Monday (05Feb18) that they have decided to cut Lawley from the film after a bleeped 12-second video showing him apparently using the N-word and making racist comments was posted on YouTube on 26 January. The video is believed to be a few years old.

“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behaviour, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.”

At present, the film does not have a release date, and a replacement actor for Lawley has not yet been announced. In response to his firing, Lawley has issued an apology for his actions.

“Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry. 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,” he said. “I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change.”

In addition to Stenberg, the cast also features Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Lamar Johnson and Common.

Lawley is best known for his online videos, but has attempted to transition to Hollywood in recent years, appearing in TV show H8TERS and movie Before I Fall as the character of Rob Cokran.

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Issa Rae determined to have fun with her red carpet outfits

Issa Rae is determined to have fun with all of her red carpet ensembles.The actress and director first rose to fame in 2011 when she launched her YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, and she has since gone on to win acclaim for her HBO show Insecure,…

Issa Rae is determined to have fun with all of her red carpet ensembles.

The actress and director first rose to fame in 2011 when she launched her YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, and she has since gone on to win acclaim for her HBO show Insecure, landing two Golden Globe nominations for her performance.

But Issa isn’t just building a reputation for her work, as she and her stylist Jason Rembert always pull out all the stops when it comes to outfits too.

“We are looking to have fun. Fashion is great but shouldn’t be taken so seriously,” Jason told Footwear News of Issa’s looks, adding that the 33-year-old is open to all of his ensemble ideas. “To work with someone like Issa is a dream come true. She is a visionary and truly one of the few pushing culture forward.”

Of late, Issa made a sartorial statement at the 2018 NAACP Images Awards in an emerald green and silver Marc Jacobs dress that was matched with Tiffany & Co. jewellery and Saint Laurent shoes, and dazzled at the Black Panther premiere in a white dress with rainbow metallic stripe from Rosie Assoulin which she accessorised with shiny gold Giuseppe Zanotti platform heels.

And while Issa loves to wear high-end outfits to Hollywood events, Jason shared that they are also on the hunt for innovative pieces from up-and-coming names in the fashion world.

“There are many designers that we like to wear. I think it’s important as a stylist to work with big fashion houses as much as upcoming brands, (and) we are pretty balanced when it comes to that,” he smiled.

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