‘9-1-1’ Feud: Oliver Stark Condemns Ryan Guzman’s Racial Slur
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“9-1-1” co-stars Oliver Star and Ryan Guzman have such a brotherhood on the show. But off the set, the two actors are on the opposite ends of a real-life issue that has to do with using racial slurs.
Guzman, who plays the firefighter Eddie Diaz in the Fox series, posted an Instagram live feed Sunday where he defended his fiancee, Brazilian actress Chrysti Ane. Tweets of the actress from 2011 resurfaced, where she apparently used the N-word, per reports.
Ane posted an apology for the tweet but Guzman came to her rescue. He said that Ane’s use of the slur was fine since she and their circle of friends, who are racially diversified, “call each other slurs all the time.”
“I have plenty of friends — Black, white, Asian, Indian, whatever they are, Korean — and we make fun of each other’s races all the time,” Guzman said. “We call each other slurs all the time. We don’t get butthurt at all because we know the actual person, we know who each other are,” the actor added.
“We know that we’re not trying to bring each other down. So, what are y’all trying to get at? You’re trying to prove that somebody that’s not racist is racist? Nah. You don’t have that power. There is no racist energy coming from this household at all.”
But Stark addressed his “9-1-1” co-star’s post saying that there is no excuse whatsoever to use the N-word.
“I know a lot of you want to hear my thoughts on what a cast member said today on IG live,” Stark wrote on Twitter. “I can tell you that my opinion is there is absolutely no excuse for the use of the N-word. It belongs to the Black community only and I absolutely don’t agree with it being used by anyone else under any circumstances.”
I know a lot of you want to hear my thoughts on what a cast member said today on IG live. I can tell you that my opinion is there is absolutely no excuse for the use of the n word. It belongs to the Black community only and I absolutely don’t agree with it being used by…
— Oliver Stark (@oliverstarkk) June 1, 2020
Producers of “9-1-1” have yet to comment on the issue, as well as Fox. The issue has been triggered by the riots in America over the death of George Floyd, a black man who succumb under the hands of cops who used excessive force during his arrest.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, streets across the United States are packed with protesters demanding justice for Floyd. Curfews have been issued in some states to prevent looting and arson, which have been happening in other cities.