LaKeith Stanfield apologizes for participating in anti-Semitic discussion on Clubhouse chatroom: “I condemn hate speech”
LaKeith Stanfield has apologized for moderating a discussion in the Clubhouse chat room that quickly turned anti-Semitic.
According to The daily beast, the 29-year-old actor, who has used the app frequently in the past, engaged in an online conversation centered on the teachings of Louis Farrakhan before turning to racist rhetoric.
The outlet also confirmed that, despite comments made in the chat room, which was hosted on Wednesday evening, the artist made no comments that could be considered anti-Semitic.
In Hot Water: LaKeith Stanfield apologized for moderating a discussion at the Clubhouse about the teachings of Louis Farrakhan who quickly became anti-Semitic; he is pictured in February 2020
On Friday afternoon, Stanfield shared a statement with People and to his Instagram account to explain how he did not enter the conversation with the intention of making or condoning racist comments.
âYesterday I walked into an online chat room on Clubhouse about the teachings of Louis Farrakhan. When the participants in the room noticed me, I was quickly appointed moderator of this room, âhe wrote.
The 87-year-old religious leader is well known for his history as leader of the Nation Of Islam and for his heavily documented anti-Semitic and sectarian views.
The Judas And The Black Messiah actor added that he regretted not leaving or ending the conversation once users started making racist comments.
Let everyone know: The Oscar-winning actor took to his Instagram account on Friday to issue a public apology for his role in the discussion
To be clear: in his apology, Stanfield wrote that he condemned “hate speech and discriminatory opinions of all kinds” and that he wanted to “apologize unconditionally” for his role as moderator of the discussion.
“At one point during the dialogue, the discussion took a very negative turn when several users made heinous anti-Semitic statements and at this point I should have either closed the discussion or walked away altogether.”
According to the outlet, some of the topics covered in the chat room included the rationale for remarks comparing Jews to termites and how Adolf Hitler could be portrayed in a positive light.
The Oscar-winning actor then remarked that he had no anti-Semitic or racist views in any capacity and expressed regret for being involved in the discussion.
He wrote: âI condemn hate speech and discriminatory opinions of all kinds. I wholeheartedly apologize for what happened in this discussion room and for allowing my presence to provide a platform for hate speech.
Controversial figure: Louis Farrakhan is well known for his position as leader of the Nation Of Islam and for his heavily documented anti-Semitic and sectarian views; he is seen in 2019
“I am not an anti-Semite and I do not endorse any of the beliefs discussed in this chat room,” added the artist.
Twitter user Kareem Rifai spoke to The Daily Beast and said that a Jewish user involved in the chat room contacted the actor to express concerns about the conversation, although he apparently did. pushed back.
Specifically, he recalled that Stanfield told him, “It’s probably an emotional room for you, the tensions are running high, and I understand it’s a very heated room.” Then he sort of danced around it without really saying anything.
Frequent User: Stanfield has been active on the Clubhouse app and has moderated several other discussions in the past
On Thursday, the actor appeared to address his role as chatroom moderator in a discussion held by several Jewish educators and said the discussion was “derailed” by the anti-Semitic commentary.
He went on to note that he would be much more careful in his future on Clubhouse and would remain vigilant in the face of all forms of hate speech, which was welcomed by those in attendance.
The outlet also noted that the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel contacted Stanfield and offered to have a private conversation to educate him on anti-Semitism.
Moving Forward: On Thursday, Stanfield participated in a discussion moderated by Jewish educators where he explained that the conversation he had moderated was “derailed” by the anti-Semitic commentary; he is seen at the premiere of The Photograph in 2020