Earlier this month, LaKeith Stanfield became moderator of a conversation on Clubhouse where dozens of people spewed out anti-Semitic rhetoric and ideals. He has since come forward to tell the whole story Daily beast to explain his participation in the chat.
âI definitely don’t line up with Louis Farrakhan, I don’t support him,â Stanfield said. âAny kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject it. It is not for debate, hatred is not for debate.
Stanfield alleged that he joined the Clubhouse room because he wanted to learn more about Farrakhan, whom he said he heard about, but didn’t know much. The first room, operating under the guise of having a “balanced” conversation about Farrakhan’s legacy, was closed by a moderator, but a second room picked up where it left off. Stanfield told the Daily Beast that he was ultimately appointed moderator by another member of the room after digitally raising his hand to ask a question.
“I also didn’t feel like the conversation was really going in a direction that completely attacked the Jewish people,” Stanfield told the Daily Beast. He went on to insist that he walked away from his phone when “a whole bunch of chaos started to erupt and people are saying all kinds of crazy things, apparently.”
Stanfield representatives said Variety that the actor has no further comments on the matter.
The day after the conversation, the Oscar-nominated actor posted an image to Instagram that read, “Think outside the box at a cost” with the caption: “They will always try to discredit and attack you … futile.” He told the Daily Beast that the post had nothing to do with the backlash, but rather it was song lyrics, which could not be confirmed. The post was then deleted and replaced with an apology. Stanfield wrote that he “should have closed the discussion or left it” when “the users made heinous anti-Semitic statements.” The post has since been deleted as well, along with all of its Instagram content, with the exception of two posts.
Attending the Clubhouse room was not Stanfield’s first contact with anti-Semitism. In a now-deleted 2013 YouTube music video titled ‘Swastikas and Bones’, a digitally inserted swastika appears on her forehead, which then fades and reappears in the corner. He explained that the use of the symbol of hatred was a poor attempt to recognize that it had been appropriated by the Nazis for its Hindu roots.
As the deletion from his Instagram reports, Stanfield told the Daily Beast that he is withdrawing from social media and has since had private conversations with influential leaders like Rabbi David Wolpe. He confessed that Clubhouse was not the right place to fully understand the divisions between the Black and Jewish communities and Farrakhan.