Kian Lawley Dropped by Talent Agency CAA Following The Hate U Give Firing
Just days after Kian Lawley was fired from the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give, a story about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, he’s taking another blow to his career. Talent agency CAA, who signed the 22-year-old in 2015 and helped him land roles in movies like Before I Fall and Shovel Buddies, decided to drop the YouTuber from its roster following the leak of a old video in which he uses several racial slurs, according to Deadline.
20th Century Fox announced that Kian would no longer be included in the upcoming movie as Chris, Starr’s (Amandla Stenberg) white boyfriend, in a statement on Monday.
“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give,” a spokesperson said. “The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.”
KL released his own statement on Twitter apologizing for the racist video and promising to do better in the future.
He tweeted, “First of all, I am deeply sorry to those that were effected [sic] by my choice of language. I understand that I am in the public eye & have many supporters, but none of my actions that took place should be supported. Words have power and can do a lot 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.”
“I understand the impact and I have grown a lot and learned since then,” he continued. “With that being said, I am fully aware of the mistakes I have made and strive every day to become a better me than I was yesterday. We all have a voice, whether it’s big or small, we need to use it to spread love & light. From now on, I plan to use my voice for positive change.”
Actions speak louder than words, Kian.