It appears not all was gleeful on the set of “Glee”.
Over the weekend Lea Michele tweeted out her support for Black Lives Matter in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) May 29, 2020
But a former co-star of Michele on “Glee”, Samantha Marie Ware, was not having any of it, accusing the actress of making her first TV gig “a living hell” and describing “traumatic microagressions” that had her reconsidering a Hollywood career.
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA
— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware) June 2, 2020
Following her bombshell tweet, Ware shared details from her accusations with Variety.
“I knew from day one when I attempted to introduce myself. There was nothing gradual about it. As soon as she decided that she didn’t like me, it was very evident,” she explained. “It was after I did my first performance, that’s when it started – the silent treatment, the stare-downs, the looks, the comments under her breath, the weird passive-aggressiveness. It all built up.”
“She had an issue because I had laughed [when watching a scene] and that’s when the ‘I’m going to s**t in your wig’ comment happened,” Ware continued. “Some chuckled and some gasped. It was mortifying. The whole point was for her to embarrass me. People heard her, but no one was going to stand up to her… Black women historically are known for their wigs.”
She added, “Everyone minded their business or said, ‘I’m sorry, I wish I had the power to stop this, but this is just the way it is, and this is just how it’s been’ – which means I wasn’t the first person to have been in that situation. It shouldn’t have to take my tweet. When you tweet, “Black lives matter,” that would mean you have an understanding of what that hashtag means, but it’s clear that it doesn’t. Does Lea even know what a microaggression is? I don’t know. All that her apology did was affirm that she hasn’t learned anything. Am I calling Lea a racist? No. Does Lea have racist tendencies? I think Lea suffers from a symptom of living in this world in an industry that is tailored to white people.”
More cast members on “Glee”, including Alex Newell, Amber Riley, and Dabier Snell, tweeted with reactions in support of Ware’s comments.
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) June 2, 2020
Actors Marcel Spears and Bernard David Jones, who co-starred with Michele on the short-lived ABC sitcom “The Mayor”, also chimed in.
— Marcel Spears (@mrmarcelspears) June 2, 2020
i've got you, king pic.twitter.com/f5WzkGhMyO
— 💙 #blacklivesmatter (@munozshanaa) June 2, 2020
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who also co-starred with Michele in “The Mayor”, also tweeted her support for Ware.
Felt like claps!!
— Alex Newell (@thealexnewell) June 2, 2020
She followed up by responding to a since-deleted tweet by writing that “every series regular” has the responsibility to make EVERY person who visits their home feel welcome.”
Less of this energy. EVERY person on a set matters. EVERY person on a set deserves respect. And it is the RESPONSIBILITY of every series regular to make EVERY person who visits their home feel welcome.
This dismissive attitude is what’s wrong in Hollywood AND the world. https://t.co/weYwxgTvM7
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) June 2, 2020
More actors who worked with Michele over the years offered their comments:
GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE “I DIDNT BELONG THERE” FUCK YOU LEA https://t.co/s4NoLdtqRs
— Dabier (@OfficialDabier) June 2, 2020
— Alex Newell (@thealexnewell) June 2, 2020
Abigail Breslin, who worked with Michele on “Scream Queens”, didn’t comment directly, but did like two tweets about the backlash.
Abigail Breslin liked two tweets calling out her "Scream Queens" co-star Lea Michele. pic.twitter.com/6lhvvgAj8x
— AHS Daily (@ahsfxdaily) June 2, 2020
Michele also faced backlash from other users on Twitter.
the glee cast exposing lea michele pic.twitter.com/wvJ79gJV8z
— kitsch lorraine (@ga_so_du) June 2, 2020
lea michele after getting cast in glee when she found out it was gonna be a show about diversity pic.twitter.com/48mAYNI5LA
— em (@milevenish) June 2, 2020
In honor of Lea Michele being exposed i present to you one of the best moments in glee history pic.twitter.com/knS2Bf5ZxY
— jay (@waylojan) June 2, 2020
lea michele rehearsing for her apology video pic.twitter.com/p1qPgfgr7u
— chels (@ilickeilish) June 2, 2020
ET Canada has reached out to Michele’s rep for comment.