LaKeith Stanfield has issued a lengthy apology following his involvement in an anti-Semitic chat at the clubhouse.
“I condemn hate speech and discriminatory views of any kind. I apologize unconditionally for what was going on in this chat room and for allowing my presence there to provide a platform for hate speech, ”LaKeith Stanfield wrote in an apology sent to her Instagram account early Saturday morning. “I am not an anti-Semite, nor do I tolerate the beliefs discussed in that chat room.”
The actor’s apology came after he was presented as a moderator in a clubhouse room focusing on the teachings of the controversial Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, when the conversation became anti-Semitic. Stanfield, 29, claims he became the moderator of the chat after the hosts noticed he was in the room listening.
“At some point during the dialogue, the discussion took a very negative turn as several users made disgusting anti-Semitic statements, and at that point I should have either closed the discussion or removed myself completely from it.”
For those unfamiliar with the app, Clubhouse is an invitation to social media only, where users can create, host, moderate and / or listen to only audio conversations that take place in the app at any one time. Several other celebrities use Clubhouse as a platform, including Oprah, Drake and Jared Leto – just to name a few.
Setbacks over Stanfield’s participation in the chat room occurred after The Daily Beast published a judgmental report on what was allegedly being discussed. Many other clubhouse users who had listened to the conversation also spoke and beat the Oscar-nominated actor for letting the space stay alive.
“You can not remain neutral in that kind of situation when there is so clearly one side spreading hate speech and another side just trying to defend itself,” a listener, Kareem Rifai, told The Daily Beast. “The fact that he sat in that room for hours and made it available to thousands and thousands of people on their clubhouse feed, it’s irresponsible.”
It is worth noting that the article clearly states that Stanfield was not heard to say anything directly anti-Semitic during the conversation.