Lakeith Stanfield Opens Up About Anti-Semitism Controversy: ‘I Do Not Support Louis Farrakhan’

Lakeith Stanfield Opens Up About Anti-Semitism Controversy: ‘I Do Not Support Louis Farrakhan’
Lakeith Stanfield came under fire earlier this month for participating in a Clubhouse conversation that facilitated anti-Semitic remarks in a discussion about the teachings of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. While he has since apologized, the “Judas and the Black Messiah” Oscar nominee dug deeper into what happened in a sit-down with The Daily Beast published on Saturday.

“I definitely don’t align myself with Louis Farrakhan, I don’t stand by him,” he said. “Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject. That’s not up for debate, hate is not up for debate.”

Comments made by participants in the Clubhouse room included praise of Hitler, conspiracy theories about Jewish people running the slave trade, and comparisons of Jewish people to termites.

Stanfield admitted to playing an active role in the room, as he eventually wound up moderating the discussion, but said his knowledge of Farrakhan (whose legacy
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