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Samantha Ware’s OG Tweet About Lea Michele Was Only A Glimpse Into The ‘Abuse’

When it rains on Lea Michele, it friggin' pours.

Best get comfortable because the Glee racism scandal just keeps getting worse for Lea Michele. After Samantha Ware spilled the tea on Twitter about how awful Lea Michele was to her while on Glee, this opened the floodgates for other castmates to join in on the dogpile, which led to a cliched non-apology from Lea.

Now Samantha has gone into detail about her experience on Glee and it seems like what’s been revealed of Lea Michele’s awfulness is just the tip of a horrible iceberg.

The GOAT team dive right into this whole Samantha Ware/Lea Michele/Twitter/racism/’Glee’ drama on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Chatting to Variety about her experience working on Glee with Lea Michele, Samantha Ware says she “knew from day one” that her co-star didn’t “like me,” how “the silent treatment, the stare-downs, the looks, the comments under her breath, the weird passive aggressiveness” all started after her first performance, and how it “built up” from there.

Samantha recalls how Lea publicly humiliated and threatened her job in front of a large crowd of cast, crew and extras by calling in Ryan Murphy to “fire” her, but didn’t report it at the time because Lea’s diva behaviour as “nothing new” and her case “didn’t seem that big of a deal.”

When Samantha did speak up, “they just shrugged it off, like ‘that’s her'” and the lack of action ultimately helped “perpetuate this abuse” on the Glee set.

After talking to Lea about the aforementioned public humiliation incident, Samantha recalls being told to “shut my mouth,” reminded how she didn’t “deserve to have that job” and how Lea is supposedly the big dog around the Glee set.

As for the now-infamous “I’m going to shit in your wig” comment, Samantha says that happened because she had laughed while watching a scene involving Lea, who didn’t take it too well.

When Samantha confided in her colleagues and peers about all this, “everyone minded their business or said, ‘I’m sorry, I wish I had the power to stop this, but this is just the way it is, and this is just hot it’s been’.”

After hearing this first-hand account, no wonder why Samantha Ware held nothing back on Lea Michele with her Twitter post.

Talking about the intense backlash and accusations of racism directed at Lea Michelle after her bombshell tweet, Samantha she looks at it as a learning opportunity about Black Lives Matter, saying “it shouldn’t have to take my tweet. 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.”

As for whether Lea contacted her after all this went down, Samantha says her Glee co-star sent her a personal apology email on June 3 but also notes how her non-apology is proof she hasn’t learned anything. However, Samantha doesn’t call Lea a racist but just another white person who is blind to how the colour of their skin has given them a leg up in the industry.

“Does Lea even know what a microaggression is? I don’t know. All that her apology did was affirm that she hasn’t learned anything. Am I calling Lea a racist? No. Does Lea have racist tendencies? I think Lea suffers from a symptom of living in this world in an industry that is tailored to white people.”

Samantha Ware’s entire first-hand account of her experience with Lea Michelle on Glee is pretty intense stuff and you should definitely read it all here.

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Rapper Lil Twist Says He Took The Fall For Justin Bieber's Drug Charges

Talk about taking one for the team.

It’s pretty well known that Justin Bieber went through a period where weed, drugs, and alcohol were a big thing in his life prior to sobering up and getting somewhat happily married. But if the wild confessions of rapper Lil Twist, a friend of Justin’s, is to be believed, ol’ mate Bieber may have had a heap of drug charges on his record had Lil Twist not been a scapegoat.

Speaking of Justin Bieber, the GOAT team talk about his and Hailey’s rocky marriage on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Appearing on Mina SayWhat’s podcast Mina’s House (via Uproxx), Lil Twist claims that Justin Bieber’s management asked him to take the fall over a bunch of drug charges in order to protect the singer’s then-squeaky clean image during the early 2010s.

Apparently Bieber’s handlers kept Lil Twist around just in case the star got in trouble (which he often did back then) and constantly leaned on him to cop any drug charges that went Justin’s way because he’s “a rapper” who is associated with Lil Wayne so it wouldn’t be that big of a surprise. Yeah.

“If they would have put weed charges on Justin [Bieber] in his early career, it would have been bad on him, So I got a call one day saying, ‘Twist, do you really love this kid?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ They said, ‘Cool, if you love him then you can take the heat for him because you can come off a little weed charge. You’re associated with Lil Wayne. You’re a rapper.’

“It got to a point where I didn’t even have to be there at times and they were putting it, ‘Twist did it, Twist did it, Twist did it.’ It became overwhelming.” 

Now it remains to be seen whether Lil Twist’s wild “I was Justin Bieber’s drug/weed fall guy” claims holds up since he doesn’t talk about any specific incidents and Page Six claims that a “source” says Lil Twist’s comments are “completely untrue.”

But it’s worth noting that Biebs did have a habit of getting into trouble back in the day, such as the egging thing and copping a DUI arrest in 2014. That being said, Lil Twist isn’t so innocent either as he’s also been in a heap of trouble, such as getting arrested twice in 2013 for driving Justin’s cars.

Reps for Justin Bieber have yet to comment on Lil Twist’s bonkers drug charges claim, unsurprisingly. And in any case, Biebs probably has other things to worry about while holed up in his mansion than what he did back in the day.

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JK Rowling Doubles Down On Her Transphobia, Makes It All About Her

Bold strategy, let's see how it pays off for her.

Remember when JK Rowling revealed herself as a TERF with a particularly bad case of transphobia after sharing a bunch of unsavoury anti-trans tweets? Well it seems like she hasn’t had enough of that backlash because this time she’s written an entire anti-trans essay so horrendous that it’s caused big-name Harry Potter alums like Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson to publicly say “yeah, JK Rowling’s views are wrong.”

The GOAT team dive right into the whole JK Rowling anti-trans debacle on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

In a ridiculously-long essay on her website titled “JK Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues,” the anti-trans author inexplicably doubles down on her transphobia while trying to explain her TERF origins, all of which is covered with a gross dash of “this is about meeeee!”

The essay is as long as a Harry Potter book and its views so insidious (and easily debunked) that it’s not worth writing too much about it so I’ll sum it up as best I can.

Rowling explains how she became interested in “trans issues” after a British woman lost her job after posting transphobic tweets. This led to a “toxic” relationship with trans activists and allies after an “accidental” like of an anti-trans tweet, and it snowballed from there as her transphobia was reinforced by “avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive.”

Since then, Rowling has cemented that anti-trans stance and goes on to explain how after leaving Twitter for a while for her “mental health,” only for the backlash to increase when she came back, especially since she refused to change her views. Rowling also reveals how she’d rather make fun of organisations like GLAAD because, well, she doesn’t like how they keep correcting her incorrect transphobic views.

After rehashing some very right-wing talking points about trans people, like the ridiculous bathroom argument, and citing some seriously flawed trans studies in an attempt to back up her weak arguments, Rowling then inexplicably tries to make it all about her by revealing how she thought about transitioning out of curiousity.

“The more of their accounts of gender dysphoria I’ve read, with their insightful descriptions of anxiety, dissociation, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, the more I’ve wondered whether, if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition. The allure of escaping womanhood would have been huge.”

Hoo boy.

If you really, really, want to read JK Rowling’s awful anti-trans essay and get an idea on how deeply rooted her transphobia is, you can read it here. Just a warning, it is a long manifesto riddled with inaccuracies and will likely enrage you.

JK Rowling’s strategy of doubling down on her transphobia with a story-length anti-trans essay didn’t exactly go down well as the backlash was stronger than any Unforgivable Curse and it even caused Harry Potter stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne, Katie Leung, Evanna Lynch, and Noma Dumezweni to speak out against her stance.

Eddie gave a statement to Variety saying “respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself.”

“As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.

“I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so.”

Emma Watson also shared a number of supportive tweets for the trans community though she was kind enough to not reference JK Rowling in any of them, not that she really needed too since we know what this is all about.

So this anti-trans saga involving JK Rowling began with a series of tweets revealing (again) her membership into the TERF club and her transphobia before escalating into a full-blown essay filled with incredibly unsavoury views. At this rate, we can probably expect an entire book from her.

Perhaps Rowling should just quit Twitter (again) and just not write anything for a while. The world is already crazy enough as it is and we don’t need the author of Harry Potter to pour more fuel on that dumpster fire.

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