YouTuber Kian Lawley Fired From The Hate U Give Over Video Featuring Racist Jokes

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Kian Lawley. Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival

After a video of the YouTube star making racist jokes recently surfaced, 20th Century Fox has decided to remove Kian Lawley from The Hate U Give, their recently completed film adaptation of the popular YA novel by author Angie Thomas. “Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give. The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed,” the studio said in a statement reported by the Wrap. Amandla Stenberg stars in the upcoming movie as Starr, an African-American teenager inspired to activism after witnessing the police shooting and death of her friend.

The Hate U Give’s Kian Lawley Fired Over Racist Jokes