Citing “past comments and behavior,” Twentieth Century Fox Film has cut YouTube star Kian Lawley from the recently-completed YA adaptation “The Hate U Give,” and his role will be completely recast, the studio said Monday.
The decision comes after a video, uploaded in the past week, featured Lawley using the N word and other racial slurs [Warning: The clip contains offensive language, and is viewable here]. It is not clear when the video was shot.
Later Monday night, Lawley apologized for the video. “Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry,” Lawley said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for The Hate U Give as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past. I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change.”
The apology is the second statement the YouTube star has made about the video, following a tweet on Sunday afternoon:
if u don’t learn from ur mistakes, u can never grow as a person.
i’ve learned a lot & i am grateful to have the power to change. i never want to be who i was yesterday. we’re in a constant battle to become a better version of ourselves, use ur voice as ur weapon.