Published On: Sun, May 16th, 2021

LaKeith Stanfield Tries to retreat from Anti-Semitic Comments

The actor spoke with The Daily Beast.

LaKeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You

LaKeith Stanfield is an actor best known for his starring roles in the groundbreaking movies “Get Out” and “Sorry to Bother You.” Just last month he was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” But Stanfield has been under fire for some seemingly anti-Semitic comments which he was recently a party to. So now he tried to clarify the matter in an interview with The Daily Beast.

So what did he do, exactly? Well earlier this month he took part in a discussion in Clubhouse, an invite only chat app, that was supposed to be about improving the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities in America. But some participants turned the forum into a venue for hateful rants against Jews.

“It was like the worst vile anti-Semitism that you can imagine being spewed and the Jewish community trying to defend [themselves] to no avail,” Ari Ingel, director of Creative Community for Peace, which works to counter anti-Semitism within the entertainment industry, told the Daily Beast. “It was an extremely troubling room and an extremely disturbing amount of anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories, from Jews running the slave trade, to Jews controlling the slave trade, to running all the banks, to running all the studios—you name it it was in there.”

The 29 year old actor made an effort to undo the damage, telling The Daily Beast yesterday, Saturday. “I definitely don’t align myself with Louis Farrakhan, I don’t stand by him. Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject. That’s not up for debate, hate is not up for debate.”

“I was much more interested in sort of uncovering this information, so it wasn’t about Louis Farrakhan per se,” he added. “Me going into the room, it was more about trying to uncover more information about these things that he said or didn’t say, because I wasn’t quite clear on it.”

LaKeith Stanfield in Get Out

He added, “It was so chaotic in the room, there were a couple of outbursts. … I think I remember someone saying something about ‘All Jews run the world’ or something kind of crazy, and that was one of the people I put down in the audience. But for the most part, one outburst would happen and then the conversation would kind of go back into a normal rhythm.”

The most interesting aspect of this entire episode is how there were no calls from the Left to “cancel” Mr. Stanfield. If a White celebrity had been involved in any way with rants against a minority group he would surely, by no, be doing an apology tour on all of America’s talk shows.

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