At a time when racial tensions are understandably high all over the country, actress Lea Michele thought she was doing a good thing when she tweeted her support for the late George Floyd and the entire Black Lives Matter movement.
But, it ended up backfiring on her.
After the tweet, Michele’s former Glee co-star Samantha Marie Ware responded angrily to the acclaimed actress, saying that she was “tormented” by her when they were on the show together. Ware went so far to say that Michele made her life a ‘living hell.’
But now, Michele is speaking up to the serious allegations.
“One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face,” Michele says. “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, 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 continued, “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. 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. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”
It’s an unfortunate confrontation for Michele, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich. But at the same time, Michele says that the confrontation has taught her to listen to the people she may have unknowing hurt in the past.
“I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.”