The Hate U Give won’t tolerate racism, fires Kian Lawley


Fox Studios fired Kian Lawley from The Hate U Give after videos surface of him spewing the n-word and using racial stereotypes.

After videos of actor Kian Lawley surfaced showing him and a friend spewing the n-word and other racist, anti-black stereotypes, he has been fired from Twentieth Century Fox’s The Hate U Give film. He played the white boyfriend of main character Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg.

The film is based on the National Book Award Longlist, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee (Mystery Writers of America), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and William C. Morris Award Finalist book of the same name, which released last February. The book has spent the last 48 weeks on the NYT Bestsellers list, much of which was at the very top of the list.

Lawley “apologized” with a tweet that didn’t actually apologize for anything he’d done.

“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in ‘The Hate U Give.’ The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed,” a spokesperson for Twentieth Century Fox Films told Variety.

Before the firing was announced, many of his fans started attacking author Angie Thomas, despite her lack of involvement in the film.

The Internet responded in the best way it can — with an Angie Thomas Appreciation Day hashtag.

Authors and readers alike shared their favorite memories with Angie, as well as the importance of The Hate U Give. 

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You should read the rest of this thread, and the hashtag. The Hate U Give is a very important novel, and I can’t wait to see what comes from this reshoot.