Back on June 6, Daniel responded to a Twitter user who suggested he watch The Hate U Give, which stars Amandla Stenberg as a young woman who witnesses a cop fatally shoot her unarmed friend during a traffic stop. Apa plays Stenberg's boyfriend in the film.
"I love that movie but i do have a question, completely unrelated to the beef i formerly had with him, if KJ was the co-star of that movie why is he so silent?" Daniel responded. "He has such a massive young audience and got paid to be in a movie about police brutality and ... posted a black square?"
Apa -- who posted a black square to his Instagram page on June 1 in support of the Blackout Tuesday protest movement, which occurred on June 2 -- addressed Daniel's criticism Sunday, explaining, "I don’t need to post about my opinions and beliefs in order for them to be real to me."
"I support black lives - but I don’t feel it’s necessary to prove to people I do by posting my attendance at these protests," Apa wrote.
Following his defense of his choice to not share more messages regarding BLM and the ongoing demonstrations, some fans took issue with the actor for not using his platform for good.
Another user argued, "KJ Apa has been silent for weeks, but the moment he said something, he just put himself under fire. He could have humbly recognized his inaction and listened and done better, but he just defended his apathy and inaction."
KJ Apa has been silent for weeks, but the moment he said something, he just put himself under fire. He could have humbly recognized his inaction and listened and done better, but he just defended his apathy and inaction. 😬
lili: attending protests and shares her platform with activists from the black community cole: attending protests and posts links to petitions and donations vanessa and ashleigh: actively vocal about blm and fighting for what’s right cami and mads: attending protests kj: apa