UPDATE: CAA have officially dropped Kian from their representation.
The calendar may say 2018, but sometimes we have to wonder what decade people think they’re in. This time, it’s Kian Lawley taking us way back in a way we don’t want to reminisce.
Kian Lawley was fired from his role in Fox’s adaptation of The Hate U Give following the release of a video in which he uses racial slurs. While the use of such language is abhorrent, what makes this even more messed up is what the movie is about. The Hate U Give is an adaptation of the novel with the same name and it was inspired by the shooting of Oscar Grant. Oscar was an African-American man who was shot and killed by a police officer. Needless to say, Kian’s choice of words leaves a lot to be desired.
The video surfaced this weekend and on Sunday Kian responded to the outrage, tweeting about learning from mistakes. It wasn’t enough, though, as the next day, Fox officially gave him the axe. Fox has said they plan to recast the role and reshoot Kian’s scenes.
if u don’t learn from ur mistakes, u can never grow as a person.
i’ve learned a lot & i am grateful to have the power to change. i never want to be who i was yesterday. we’re in a constant battle to become a better version of ourselves, use ur voice as ur weapon.
— Kian Lawley (@KianLawley) February 4, 2018
What do you think? Is Fox making the right call by letting Kian go for his video?