Lea Michele’s bullying scandal resurfaces with the role of ‘Funny Girl’

News that Lea Michele will replace Beanie Feldstein in the Broadway revival of funny girl turned on the Internet on Monday. Feldstein, whose performance as Fannie Brice received mixed reviews, abruptly announced that he made the “difficult decision” to leave the show two months early, as “the production decided to take the show in a different direction.” A day later, it was revealed that Michele would be taking on the role of her dream.

funny girl will mark Michele’s grand return to the spotlight after three years. In 2020, just before she gave birth to her first child, the Happiness The star was embroiled in a bullying scandal, though it’s unclear if that affected her hiatus. Those accusations surfaced again after Monday’s announcement, as Twitter never forgets.

Actress Samantha Ware, who first publicly denounced Michele’s alleged misbehavior, tweeted that she is “shattered” by the casting news. “Yes, I am black. Yes, I was abused. Yes, my dreams were polluted. Yes, Broadway defends whiteness. Yes, Hollywood does the same. Yes, silence is complicity. Yes, I am loud. Yes, I would do it.” new,” he wrote.

Happiness Actress Amber Riley, who has publicly addressed Michele’s behavior on set, liked the post.

“Also. My name is not Amber Riley or Alex Newell,” Ware added, referring to another actor on the show who has spoken out on the subject. “Their experience of him was not mine and mine was not theirs.”

Ware later retweeted the actor and last week tonight Writer Ryan Ken, after he wrote: “It’s crazy that deciding to tell the truth about the people who tormented you at work is a career risk, but you can keep quiet and busy as one of the tormentors.”

Ware, guest star on HappinessThe last season of, he claimed that Michele made his life a “living hell” on set as he was the target of racist microaggressions. Ware spoke out when Michele tweeted her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Soon, it seemed that almost anyone who worked in Happiness I had a Lea Michele story, and they weren’t positive.

Michelle addressed the controversy at the time with a lengthy apology.

“One of the biggest 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’ve played or anything we can do to help address the injustices they face,” he said. he said the actress in a statement via Instagram. “When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends, neighbors, and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have also made me focus specifically on how they perceived my own behavior. towards co-stars. While I don’t recall making this specific statement and have never judged others based on their background or the color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways that hurt others”.

He continued, “Whether my privileged position and perspective caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and any pain I felt.” caused. We can all grow and change and I have definitely used these last few months to reflect on my own shortcomings. I am a couple of months away from becoming a mother and I know that I need to continue working to improve and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a true role model for my son and so that I can pass on my lessons and mistakes, so they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and although I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.”

After reacting to the news about Michele, Ware praised her current show, OWN’s everybody get upas “one of the safest and most inclusive sets I’ve ever been on. I finally feel seen from the moment I walk into the hair and makeup trailer to the very last line of the day.”

Yahoo Entertainment reached out to a representative for Michele, but did not immediately receive a response.

In the meantime, it seems to be counting down the days until September 6.

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