Oscar-nominated actor Lakeith Stanfield has apologized for hosting a room on the Clubhouse audio app in which attendees made numerous anti-Semitic remarks.
âI walked into an online chat room on Clubhouse about the teachings of Louis Farrakhan,â said Stanfield, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for his role in âJudas and the Black Messiah,â Saturday said Saturday. on Instagram, referring to the anti-Semitic nation. from the head of Islam.
The play in question, titled “Someone Ended the Play About Farrakhan”, split on Wednesday from another closed titled “Did Min. Farrakhan Tarnishes His Legacy By Being Anti-Semitic?”
“When room attendees noticed me, I was quickly appointed to be the moderator of this room,” Stanfield said in his Instagram post. “At one point during the dialogue, the discussion took a very negative turn when several users made hateful anti-Semitic statements and at this point I should have either closed the discussion or walked away altogether.”
The Daily Beast first spoke last week about anti-Semitic tropes, which included themes Farrakhan peddled, including conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the media and the slave trade, and comparisons between Jews and termites. . Stanfield made none of the anti-Semitic remarks.
âI was hearing a lot of anti-Semitism,â a Jewish woman told the Beast in the play, who has remained anonymous. âPeople were just allowed to go on and on. “
On Instagram, Stanfield said: âI condemn hate speech and discriminatory opinions of all kinds. I unconditionally apologize for what happened in this chat room and for allowing my presence to provide a platform for hate speech. I am not an anti-Semite and I do not endorse any of the beliefs discussed in this chat room. “
On Thursday, Stanfield participated in a follow-up room run by “a panel of Jewish educators,” according to the Beast.
âI’ve been in a few rooms where a lot of things have been discussed and discussed, very high emotional states,â he said. “It was very informative and interesting for me, I never really knew that this debate existed in this way about identity, the origins of Judaism in Jewishness, and how many different interpretations there are. [of] different things, whether or not it is a religion and an ethno-religion or whether it is a race of faith. “
Stanfield, 29, starred in “Uncut Gems,” the 2019 film starring Adam Sandler as a Jewish diamond seller who doubled as plug on Black-Jewish relations.