Lea Michele Sarfati, 33, professionally known as Lea Michele, is one of the most hated persons in America today. On June 3, 2020, the Sephardi Jewish-Italian-American actress took to Instagram to apologize to her accusers but it was considered by many as a non-apology.
It started on May 30, 2020 when Michele took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the death of George Floyd. She also indicated her support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
African-American actress Samantha Ware, 28, retweeted this and reminded Michele of her reprehensible behaviors years ago. The former made her television acting debut in 2015 on “Glee.”
Apparently, Ware opened a can of worms. Many other actors came forward and shared their traumatic experiences working with Michele including “30 Rock”alum Keith Powell, 41.
On June 3, 2020, Michele took to Instagram to issue an apology, or a non-apology to be more accurate. In her lengthy statement, she claimed that she did not remember hurting co-actors who she did not even name.
Michele clearly, though subtly, put the blame on her victims. Her three-page statement can be summarized into two sentences: “My co-actors perceived my behavior as insensitive or inappropriate and that is their fault. By the way, I am pregnant.”
Whether or not HelloFresh noticed that, the largest meal-kit provider in the United States was so disgusted with Michele that the company dropped its partnership with her. A spokesperson of the company told Business Insider, “HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind.”
“We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele,” the spokesperson continued. “We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”
What Michele, like everyone who issues a non-apology, failed to do is to at least humanize her victims by mentioning their names. By saying that she did not remember her victims’ claims, it completely invalidated everything that the victims suffered because of her and everything else that she mentioned in the non-apology no longer matters.
Also, mentioning pregnancy and upcoming motherhood is Michele’s poor attempt to excuse herself from her behavior in the past no matter how long ago it was. Ware put it perfectly in an interview with Variety.
“It shouldn’t have to take my tweet,” Ware told the publication. “When you tweet, ‘Black lives matter,’ that would mean you have an understanding of what that hashtag means but it’s clear that it doesn’t.”
“Does Lea even know what a microaggression is?” Ware asked. “I don’t know. All that her apology did was affirm that she hasn’t learned anything.”
On the other hand, Ware clarified that she is not calling Michele a racist. When it comes to Michele’s racist tendencies, Ware said her former “Glee” co-actor suffers from “a symptom of living in this world in an industry that is tailored to white people.”