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YouTuber Kian Lawley To Be Cut From Upcoming Film After Racist Remarks Emerge

YouTube star Kian Lawley has been fired from the upcoming adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel The Hate U Give. The movie, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, stars Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg as a young woman who becomes an activist after witnessing a white police officer shooting her unarmed friend. After a video of Lawley making racist statements surfaced online last month, the studio cut Lawley loose.

20th Century Fox announced they were dropping Lawley from the project:

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.

Lawley released a statement on Twitter apologizing for his actions. Sort of.

Many fans were forgiving, believing he had owned up to his mistakes:

But others believed it was too little, too late:

Hopefully Lawley learned an important lesson about the hate he gave.

H/T: Mashable