Amber Riley has appeared in an interview where she got grilled about her ex joy Co-star Lea Michele’s take on the race.
Michele, who played Rachel Berry on the US series, found herself at the center of a racing streak when Samantha Ware (Jane Hayward) claimed she had made her life a “living hell” due to “traumatic microaggressions” on set.
Ware’s claim came in response to Michele’s post in support of Black Lives Matter following the 2020 killing of George Floyd.
Riley, when pressed on whether she believed Michele had been racially insensitive during her time on the show, said in an Instagram video at the time, “I’m not giving up. People are dying out here being murdered by the police.”
She added that during the joy Set is “not the most pleasant environment”, she will “not say that Lea Michele is racist”.
Now, during an appearance on Showtime ZiweRiley tried to avoid questions about Michele.
Moderator Ziwe, known for her direct questions, asked without naming Michele: “When we were just talking about getting in the dirt, you said that one of your famous colleagues was not a racist. Did you mean it was her?”
After Riley groaned and tried to move on to the next question, she said, winking at the camera, “I don’t know which colleague you’re talking about — I’ve had so many.”
Ziwe then shared the aforementioned Instagram video, in which Riley told Ziwe she was “in trouble.” Riley was then asked, “Would you say that your famous colleague doesn’t see race and is actually rude to all of her colleagues?”
Riley, who played Mercedes Jones on the show, said: “I think so you would probably say she sees no race. But as we discussed before, everyone does it.”
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When asked if there was a “race war” on set joy, said Riley, laughing, “No, it would require different races. I was the only black one.”
The Independent has reached out to Michele’s representative for comment.
Michele was previously accused of hypocrisy by her co-stars after posting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.
Responding to claims from Ware and other co-stars, including Heather Morris, Michele said in a statement, “One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and get to know other people’s perspectives and each role that we have played, or anything we can do to address the injustices they face.
“When I tweeted the other day it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color at this really difficult time, but the replies I’ve received to what I’ve posted made me think also to focus specifically on how I am doing their own behavior towards other performers was perceived by them.”
joy ran for six seasons from 2009 to 2015.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/glee-amber-riley-lea-michele-b2242024.html Glee star Amber Riley says Lea Michele would probably say she doesn’t watch a race.