The ongoing feud between LaKeith Stanfield and Charlamagne tha God has heated up again. The pair haven’t been seeing eye to eye for quite some time, and the radio host’s recent comments about Stanfield’s latest movie have reignited their issues. They have been bumping heads since 2019 when the Get Out actor called out specific media outlets, including The Breakfast Club, for “spreading negativity,” ensuing in a back and forth between the radio personality and the Sorry to Bother You star.
The actor is fresh off from starring in and promoting his latest film Judas and the Black Messiah, where he played FBI informant William O’Neal. The biographical drama hit theaters and HBO Max on Feb. 12 and centers around Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton’s life and how the federal government plotted his assassination with O’Neal’s help. During an interview with the star of the movie, Daniel Kaluuya, Charlamagne asked if the actor viewed his co-star differently after seeing how “well” he played his role as an FBI informant. Never one to avoid conflict, the Uncut Gems actor then took to social media to share his response.
There’s a history between these two. From Charlamagne not being impressed by the actor’s freestyle in 2016 and later deeming him “Donkey of the Day” for his media criticism to Stanfield dissing the podcast host in his song “Automatic,” and so much more. Check out all the details about the feud that has been brewing between Charlamagne tha God and Stanfield.
Stanfield called out certain outlets for being “anti-Black”
Stanfield took to Instagram in November 2019 to share his opinion on several media platforms, pointing out The Shade Room, Lipstick Alley, The Breakfast Club, and WorldStar. In the now-deleted Instagram post, Stanfield blasted the outlets saying they were “feeding grounds for negative reinforcements toward Black nonconformists” and even said that he felt some of them were “anti-Black.”
“The shade room, lipstick Alley, breakfast club, worldstar, and many others are anti-Black,” the post read. “It’s a fact that a lot of these platforms are usually or tend to be feeding grounds for negative reinforcement toward BLACK ‘nonconformists.’ They bolster faux vanity and hold a white supremacists scope over Black men and women, often highlighting negative attributes and downplaying mind-expanding ones,” he added in the caption. “They serve as bottomless coward consumption pits and digital, audio, or otherwise slave mentality museums. @ all you want.”
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The actor also addressed the radio host’s comments at length
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Charlamagne brings up Stanfield in an interview with Daniel Kaluuya
One year later, Daniel Kaluuya appeared on The Breakfast Club virtually to promote Judas and the Black Messiah a week after its release, and toward the end of his conversation with the hosts, Charlamagne brought up his co-star. “Did you find yourself looking at LaKeith differently after the way he played this role? Because he did it too well,” the morning radio show host asked. “You and LaKeith still have beef, Charlamagne? Is that what’s happening,” Kaluuya asked. “I never had an issue with him. I do feel like he was born to play this role, though,” Charlamagne responded.
“No, we’re not having that,” Kaluuya said, quickly shutting down the question. “Charlamagne, what it is, yeah, with LaKeith in this film he makes the biggest sacrifice. In this film, he’s serving Chairman Fred. Because in order to show you what Chairman Fred is, you have to show him what he isn’t. You can’t see the light without the dark, you understand? And he served that.”
“He put himself in a lie. That’s not his politics at all,” Kaluuya added. “That’s not how he feels at all, and it was really tough on him on certain days. I mean, he was really going through it, and for him to not be aligned politically to O’Neal and still give it his all and still humanize him in order to show who Chairman Fred was, to show who the Black Panther Party was, that’s incredible, and I salute LaKeith for that.”
Stanfield addressed Charlamagne’s attempt to diss him
The actor seemed to catch wind of the interview and took to the comments section of a post on social media to share his thoughts about the radio host and give props to his co-star for dodging the question. “Hoes. This is what hoes do,” he commented on an Instagram post of the interview. “Get sonned by reality. Get off me bro u a lame. Daniel ain’t an idiot. Leave me be dog and find somebody else @cthagod.” The actor also reportedly shared a TikTok video of himself waving a gun in front of a photo of Charlamagne and one of William O’Neal—the man who inspired the character he played in Judas and the Black Messiah.
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Charlamagne said the actor loves ‘playing the victim’
The Breakfast Club hosts addressed the situation on their show, including the now-deleted TikTok video. “Don’t dish it if you can’t take it. The brother has a bad habit of throwing rocks and hiding his hands,” Charlamagne said, saying he hasn’t responded to any of Stanfield’s replies to him since 2019. “I gave him a little jab during the interview with Daniel. I owed him that, and that was light. But what LaKeith does is he gets online and plays the victim. He makes it seem like I’m always coming at him. If you’re going to have the energy of saying what you want, don’t play the victim when people say something back.”