Samantha Ware, the actress who accused Lea Michele two years ago of making her life on the set of Glee a ‘living hell’, appears to have slammed her former castmate landing the lead role in Funny Girl.
Though she did not name Michele, Ware appeared to be discussing her former co-star’s recent casting in several tweets posted Monday.
‘Yes, I’m online today. Yes, I see y’all. Yes, I care. Yes, im affected. Yes, I’m human. Yes, I’m Black. Yes, I was abused. Yes, my dreams were tainted. Yes, Broadway upholds whiteness. Yes, Hollywood does the same. Yes, silence is complicity. Yes, I’m loud. Yes, I’d do it again,’ Ware, 30, posted.
‘Yes, I was abused’: Samantha Ware, the actress who accused Lea Michele two years ago of making her life on the set of Glee a ‘living hell’, appears to have slammed her former castmate landing the lead role in Funny Girl; War pictured 2019
She followed it up with another tweet referencing her former Glee castmates Amber Riley and Alex Newell, who also weighed in on the Michele controversy at the time.
‘Also. My name is not Amber Riley or Alex Newell. Their experience was not mine and mines was not theirs,’ she added.
Before speaking up, Ware had also re-tweeted a critical post of the new casting.
‘This industry will reward bad behavior time and time again. its good to know that you all can only identify abusers when its a cis yt female getting abused. This industry cares not about black people and our experiences within it. Very sad,’ @ucancallmesis tweeted along with an announcement of the casting.
News Lea would be replacing Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice on the Broadway production of Funny Girl broke Monday.
Nothing Glee-ful to say: Ware took her former co-star to task in 2020
Samantha’s bullying claims against Lea first came to light in 2020, after the actress took to social media to pay tribute to George Floyd. ‘George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end’, Lea, who was pregnant with her first child at the time, tweeted.
Samantha, who appeared as Jane Hayward on the show’s sixth season in 2015, swiftly hit back: ‘Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?!…
‘Cause I’ll never forget… I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s*** in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.’
Lea first to issued a public apology to Samantha and vowed ‘be better in the future.’
Speaking up: Though she did not name Michele, Ware appeared to be reacting to her recent casting
She also re-tweeted a post critical of the new casting before speaking up
The statement read: ‘One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspective and any role we have played or anything we can do to help addresses injustice they face. ..
‘When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time…
‘But the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus on how my own behavior towards cast members was perceived by them.
‘While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.
‘I’ll never forget’: Samantha’s bullying claims against Lea first came to light in 2020, after the actress took to social media to pay tribute to George Floyd
Big news: Michele will be replacing Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice on the Broadway production of Funny Girl
‘Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult.’
Lea – who played lead character Rachel Berry for the musical show’s entire run – continued: ‘I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused.
‘We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.
‘I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me.
Ware appeared as Jane Hayward on the show’s sixth season in 2015
Lea to issued a public apology to Samantha and vowed ‘be better in the future’
‘I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.’
After Ware came forward with the claims, a slew of stars spoke out about Lea, including Alex and Amber.
Alex – who starred as Unique Adams on the series for four seasons – promptly took to Twitter. ‘We ain’t got not a damn thing to lie about 6 years later!’ Alex replied to one fan who suggested they were making false accusations about Michele’s behavior.
Riley, who played Mercedes Jones in the through all six seasons, shared two GIFs of herself following the allegations, one raising her hand, while the other sipping tea. The response caused a stir among fans who saw it as a subtle way of the actress chiming in. Later, she made clear she wasn’t focused on the controversy amid the turbulent times of social unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, and would only speak on the topic once while appearing on Instagram Live. She said, ‘I don’t give as*** about this Lea Michele thing – I really don’t give af*** … people are out here dying and being murdered by police. I don’t give as*** about this Lea Michele thing – I wish her well, I hope she has an amazing pregnancy, I hope that she has grown.’