Gabrielle Union seemingly slammed her former employers at America’s Got Talent during a female empowerment and inclusivity panel Monday December 16, marking the first time she has alluded to her controversial firing in public.
“Don’t be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you’re afraid. Don’t allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate. It’s terrifying. There’s a solid chance you’ll lose your job … I speak from experience,” she told the panel, although she never mentioned America’s Got Talent by name.
As RadarOnline.com has reported, Union, 47, got the ax in November, along with co-judge Julianne Hough. One week later, a report by Variety claimed that while on the show, Union expressed concerns over racially-insensitive experiences, but nothing was done.
Union allegedly also blew the whistle on various acts of sexism on set. According to Variety, both she and Hough, 31, were given “excessive notes” on their appearance, and Union was told that her changing hairstyles were “too black.”
The allegations have sparked ongoing investigations, and at Monday’s panel, titled the Power of Inclusivity and the Women Leading the Charge, Union encouraged others to speak up if they feel they have been wronged, even if there is the risk of losing your job.