This Lea Michele downfall has been delicious (more delicious than a HelloFresh meal!) during these times. A Mean Girl getting her karmic blowback? This is the content I was waiting for! After it was revealed (again) that Lea Michele is a demoness from Hell to work with or be around, she managed to become a trending topic and not for a good reason. It got her dropped as a HelloFresh “influencer” and so Lea has come out with a damage control apology.
Lea tweeted about the murder of George Floyd and systemic racial violence, and that did not sit well with Samantha Ware, who was on Glee and accused Lea of racial microgressions. Other actors tag-teamed on Samantha’s post where she called working with Lea “living hell.” Variety says that it got to the point that Lea was dropped by HelloFresh.
“HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele,” the company posted on Twitter, responding to a concerned follower on Tuesday. “We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”
— HelloFresh US (@HelloFresh) June 3, 2020
Variety spoke to someone at HelloFresh and they confirmed the company had ended “the relationship” with Lea. Lea’s reps did not get back to Variety, but they were probably busy cooking up her apology–because she gave one.
In a statement shared exclusively with People (which she later posted on her Instagram), Lea used her thesaurus to burp up an apology. She doesn’t remember saying the shit that Samantha claimed she said (like telling Samantha she would “shit in her wig“) but Lea is still sorry:
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
Lea Michele was lucky she got married when she did because People would have never covered her wedding after this shit. I’m just surprised she didn’t record a video apology where she dramatically sang while her jaw moved in ways no person outside of The Mask is capable of and let out some clearly fake dramatic tears. Maybe that will be her follow-up apology.