‘Glee’ Star Amber Riley Doesn’t “Give a Sh*t” About Lea Michele and Is Focused on Defunding the Police

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Photo credit: Gregg DeGuire - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • Amber Riley responded to her former castmates calling out Lea Michele’s racist behavior on the set of Glee.

  • Amber spoke to Lea after the incident but isn’t wasting any energy on her because she’s focused on defunding the police.

Amid the protests calling for equal justice and an end to police brutality, former Glee star Lea Michele was called out for racist and “unpleasant” behavior by her former castmates. Now, Amber Riley is speaking out about why she couldn’t care less about Lea or her Instagram apology.

In case you missed everything unfold on Twitter, on May 29, Lea posted that Black lives matter and that “George Floyd did not deserve this.” Soon after, Samantha Ware, Dabier, and Willam Belli responded with accounts about how Lea was an absolute terror on-set. Samantha even tweeted that Lea said she wanted to “sh*t in my wig amongst other traumatic microaggressions.” Amber simply posted a sipping-tea GIF and went back to the very important matter at hand.

After Twitter dragged Lea and resurfaced rumors that she’s illiterate, Lea posted an apology on Instagram, in which she claimed she didn’t remember anything her costars were referring to.

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

And on Wednesday, when Amber was asked about the whole situation, she made it extremely clear that she is laser-focused on the protests and isn’t even thinking about Lea. Acknowledging the Glee set was “not the most comfortable environment,” Amber told journalist Danielle Young:

“I don’t give a sh*t about this Lea Michele thing. I really don’t give a f*ck. I don’t. I don’t want to be asked about it—and I’m not talking to you, I’m talking about everyone else….I don’t give a sh*t. People are out here dying. Being murdered by police. Trans women are being murdered at the hands of men who are upset about being trans-attracted. Why does their existence bother you? I don’t give a sh*t about this Lea Michele thing. I wish Lea Michele well. I hope that she has an amazing pregnancy. I hope that she has grown. I didn’t read it [the apology] because, I told you, I don’t give a sh*t about it. That’s my hope and my prayer for her. She reached out to me and I responded to her. That’s where it ends for me. I ain’t talk to that girl in two years, you know what I’m saying? I have no hatred or ill will on that end and I want to make that very clear. My life and what I talk about is not going to be about that. This is the first and last time I’m gonna say something…if it ain’t about defunding the police, prosecuting killer cops, or Black Lives Matter—or my EP that’s coming out…if it’s not about those things, I don’t care.”

As you can tell, Amber wasn’t interested in talking about Lea and never will be, but she did show support for Samantha. She said, “I’m very proud of her for standing up for herself. I am proud of her not being fearful for speaking her truth….[Her] feeling was, ‘I am not going to allow you to jump on what is happening now when you didn’t treat me right.’”

Here are guides for how to demand justice right now, how to find mental health resources if you’re a Black woman, how to talk to your relatives about Black Lives Matter, how to spot a fake protest story, and how to protest safely.

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