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Lea Michele Apologizes After Costar Samantha Marie Ware Says She Made Glee a ‘Living Hell’

Lea Michele has released a statement in response to her former Glee costar, Samantha Marie Ware, saying the actor made the set a “living hell.”

It started when, on May 29, Michele tweeted a message about the murder of George Floyd, writing, “This was not an isolated incident and it must end.”

But Ware, who played Jane Hayward on the Ryan Murphy series, soon called out Michele for posting a hollow message of support. “LMAO,” she said before relaying her experience working with Michele on Glee. “REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘SHIT IN MY WIG!’ AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD.”

Ware’s account was corroborated by Alex Newell, who played Wade Adams (a.k.a Unique) on Glee for more than 40 episodes, with some very telling GIF reactions:

And by Amber Riley, as well. The actor, who played Mercedes on Glee, tweeted this series of GIFs not long after Ware’s post:

A few days later, on June 3, Lea Michele responded to Ware’s post. “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 perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices they face,” Michele wrote on Instagram. “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 specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.”

She continued, “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. 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, 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.”

She ended her statement with, “I am a couple of months from being 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. 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.”

Ware has not responded to Michele’s statement yet, but we’ll update if she does.

Keke Palmer Asked National Guardsmen to ‘March With Us’ During a Protest in L.A.

Keke Palmer was among the thousands of people who showed up on Tuesday, June 2, in Los Angeles to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd by a police officer.

Palmer did more than just march, however. In a video tweeted out by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, she gave a powerful speech to members of the National Guard present at the protest. She also called out President Donald Trump, who Monday night (June 1) gave a speech demanding “law and order” and threatening military intervention in U.S. cities.

“You have to pay attention to what’s going on or else we have a president that’s trying to incite a race war,” she said. “The borders are closed. We can’t leave. We have people here that need your help. This is when y’all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you, so march with us.”

“March with us. March beside us. Get your people. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us, and show us that you’re here for us. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us,” she continued. “Make history with us, please!”

When one of the Guardsmen said they can walk only a certain distance with the protesters because they have to stay at their assigned post, Palmer said she was “at a loss” and that that’s not enough for her. But she continued her plea, and the soldiers eventually took a knee to the cheers of protesters.

Watch Palmer’s passionate speech, below.

The video soon went viral, with many praising Palmer’s words and approach. “When @KekePalmer said ‘it ain’t enough for me…’ felt it ” Holly Robinson Peete responded.

“KEKE FOR PRESIDENT,” Palmer’s Scream Queens co-star Nick Jonas tweeted.

“Keke Palmerrrrr, yesssss girl. I love her sm. She has always been so vocal and outspoken. She only and always speaks up for what she believes is right,” a fan wrote.

Palmer also spoke directly to her followers on Instagram about the current situation in America.

“Racism is what the country was built on: Slavery, systematic oppression, then voter oppression, female oppression, poor education system so you’re intentionally uninformed, financial oppression,” Palmer said. “Human beings can only take so much…America needs government reform that demands legislations and new laws that birth the future for our kids. We deserve a new system because the old one was created to oppress us.”

What The Clueless Cast Is Doing Now

Breckin Meyer (Travis)

In Clueless, Breckin Meyer played Tai’s love interest, skateboard stoner Travis. He then appeared in another 90s teen classic Can’t Hardly Wait. He also appeared in 54, Go, Road Trip, Josie and the Pussycats, Kate & Leopold, Herbie Fully Loaded, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. In 2019, he was part of an ensemble cast for the Seth Green directed film Changeland. The cast also included Green, Brenda Song, Macaulay Culkin, and Clare Grant. In 2020, Meyer appears in Happily, a thriller comedy that also stars Joel McHale, Stephen Root, Natalie Morales, and Paul Scheer.

Jane Fonda’s Work Is Never Done

Young women celebrities—especially blonde, blue-eyed American sweethearts—tend to avoid taking stands on broiling political issues. Sometimes they’re criticized for this, but often, they’re defended. “Think of all the pressure on her,” we say. “She’s already trying so hard to please everyone.” And, “Who can blame her for wanting to make money?” But look at Jane Fonda—she marched her way from princess of privilege to alleged anti-American traitor, and never looked back. She’s chosen to use her voice to speak up for the good of others, even when it’s brought her no popularity or wealth.

“There is scarcely an evil—be it racism, sexism, capitalism, or the war in Vietnam—she has not taken on, nor a cause she has not espoused,” Life magazine wrote of her in 1971. At one point, Fonda told the New Yorker, she felt so much cognitive dissonance between her glamorous life as a star and her gritty activism work that she planned to stop acting, until she befriended the revolutionary black activist Ken Cockrel. “The revolution needs movie stars,” he told her.

She has fundraised for veterans, fought for Native American rights, started a center for teen reproductive health, supported LGBTQ rights, and co-founded, with Gloria Steinem, the Women’s Media Center. Her activism isn’t blindly partisan—she has been openly critical of beloved liberals like Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau. She acknowledges that she is wildly privileged, but she doesn’t get self-righteous. Just look to her comments in support of Black Lives Matter. “Because we’re white, we have had privilege,” she said in an interview on CNN this week. “Even the poorest of us have had privilege. We need to recognize that, and we have to understand what it is that keeps racism in place: the policies, redlining, banking policies, mortgage policies.”

There’s an increasingly popular belief that the fastest way to equality is for millionaires and billionaires to redistribute their wealth—something Fonda has done, to a large extent, for decades. But she also does something more—she redistributes her power. She is unique among celebrities in that she doesn’t use good deeds to prop up her fame, she uses fame to prop up her good deeds. Even her move to TikTok isn’t a grab to build a new following, but a calculated recruitment of young people to fight government inaction around our climate.

“I’m getting old, I’m going to die soon, and I have strong feelings, and I think that these things need to be said. And so I’m going to say them,” she told the New Yorker in 2018.

Now start to roll up very slowly. Inhale. Exhale.

I’m 56 years younger than Jane Fonda, I think, as I mimic her arm circles, feeling like a piano is hanging from each of my forearms. I don’t have her lineage, her superstardom, her wealth, or her resources. And I don’t have her strength. I can’t even do one ab workout! The thing about climate change is that it does make you want to lie down and just give up. It feels too big, too late, too hard.

My phone buzzes. It’s the revolution’s hardest working movie star, sending me automated texts about the climate in partnership with Greenpeace. “I need you to call Congress now to help protect workers!” it says, next to a phone number. “Here’s the script.” I’ll call Congress soon, just like all the other people who signed up for these texts after we watched her TikTok videos or saw her being dragged off Capitol Hill in handcuffs. I’ll borrow her strength. I just have to do a few more sit-ups first.

Jenny Singer is a staff writer at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter @jeanvaljenny.

9 Hero Disney Characters That Were Actually The Worst

Mr. Incredible – The Incredibles

Mr. Incredible may be one of the most selfish Disney characters in existence. He put his marriage, and his entire family at risk trying to relive the glory days, and The Incredibles tries to mask that by being like “At least he’s not really having an affair!” Real talk, if that’s the best you can say about someone in life, you’re setting a real low bar. Sure, Mr. Incredible isn’t the absolute worst, but when your name is literally Mr. Incredible, maybe try a bit more is all I’m saying.

Suicide Squad: 7 Changes The Ayer Cut Could Include

No Ayer Cut is currently in the works to our knowledge, but David Ayer has recently spoken to how “cathartic” it would be for him to put his version of Suicide Squad out into the world – not to mention how “easy to complete” it would reportedly be for the director. Unlike the production of Justice League, Ayer was present for the entire shoot, and was asked to make reshoots and cuts to his original vision. If this theoretical Ayer Cut was announced, here’s some new moments it could include:

Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights Cast Saw The Movie Before Its Delay, Here’s How One Star Described It

In the Heights‘ delay could not have been an easy decision for the cast and crew, but the film was definitely made for the purpose of a massive audience to see it on big screens all over the world… and maybe break some box office records? The last time Jon M. Chu made a movie, Crazy Rich Asians became the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade. And, well, Lin-Manuel Miranda made Hamilton happen.

Top Gun: Maverick’s Jennifer Connelly Reveals What It’s Really Like To Work With Tom Cruise

Along with Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly, Top Gun: Maverick’s cast includes Val Kilmer (who of course is reprising Tom “Iceman” Kazansky), Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Monica Barbaro, Charles Parnell, Danny Ramirez and Manny Jacinto. Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski directed the feature, and Cruise’s Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie wrote the script with Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer.

4 Lessons We Hope Dune Takes From IT And IT Chapter Two

Find The Right Split Point

Let’s start with the most logical and obvious lesson, shall we? One of the most interesting things that Andy Muschietti’s IT did in its approach to Stephen King’s novel was to untangle the timeline. Chapter-to-chapter, the book jumps back and forth between time periods to create a kind of parallel between the two halves of the story, but Muschietti separated the material in a natural way for his two movies in the aim of letting the two narratives exist independently in addition to collectively. Unfortunately, Frank Herbert’s Dune doesn’t have that kind of obvious line of demarcation, but choosing the right split point is crucial in this exercise, and IT demonstrates that.

Kevin James Is In An R-Rated Horror Film And It’s Heading Straight To Drive-Ins This Weekend

Drive-ins in 14 states are participating in showing Becky, with overwhelming support from Ohio theaters, via Bloody Disgusting. Becky comes from Quiver and Redbox studios, and is directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion of 2017’s Bushwick starring Dave Bautista, and 2014’s Cooties starring Elijah Wood. The script was written by newcomers Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye.