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Spider-Man: Lotus actor Warden Wayne responds to 'racist' social media posts

Joshua Rogers June 20, 2022
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Spider-Man: Lotus actor Warden Wayne has released a statement apologising to fans over ‘racist’ social media posts that have resurfaced.

Excitement for upcoming live-action film Spider-Man: Lotus has been steadily building since the first poster for the movie emerged in August 2021.

Spider-Man: Lotus is a fan film directed by Gavin J Konop and is in no way affiliated with Marvel or Sony. A synopsis of the film on IMDb reads: “Following the tragic death of his former girlfriend – seemingly caused by his own attempt to save her – Peter Parker (Warden Wayne) lingers in his guilt of the past, questioning whether the curse of his alter ego should be buried for good.

“When he’s met by the news a terminally ill child has requested to meet Spider-Man, Peter contemplates the decision to comfort him in his final days.”

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The movie is scheduled to come out some time in 2022 but is currently trending for unwanted reasons.

Warden Wayne’s ‘racist’ social media posts resurface

Warden Wayne is an actor and writer who will play the titular hero in Spider-Man: Lotus. However, on 18 June 2022 Wayne and the film faced backlash over the emergence of old tweets alleged to have been posted by the actor.

Several of the messages, which are reportedly from 2017, were collected and shared on social media.

“Is this your Spider-Man? Warden Wayne is so gross,” one person wrote before sharing the alleged messages.

Wayne responds to old posts

Reaction to the messages was strong. On 19 June, Warden Wayne released a statement addressing those posts with the caption: “I’ve been wanting to come forward about this for a long time. Please read.”

Wayne went on to apologise for “mistakes I made when I was younger”, adding he was “coming clean” about “gross remarks”.

His statement read: “Years ago when I was in high school, I used to say terrible things. I used offensive language, often homophobic or racially insensitive, casually or in jokes. I am sorry, and I’m ashamed.”

He went on to explain his experiences, adding: “I’m embarrassed and sad at who I was, and I’m sorry to anyone I may have hurt years ago.”

He concluded the statement by saying: “I hope you all can forgive me, I’m sorry.”

You can read his full statement below:

Director Gavin Konop also releases statement on the incident

After the messages resurfaced, Spider-Man: Lotus director Gavin Konop released a statement.

He wrote: “This morning, many of us were shown resurfaced messages that Warden Wayne… had sent on Instagram. I am just as disgusted by those messages as anyone else is. They’re hurtful, obscene and offensive – there is no defending them and the outrage is justified.

He said Warden had been open to him about his “former ignorance” before asking fans not to let the comments detract from the “tireless passion” of the crew members.

Konop concluded: “To the marginalised communities his (Warden’s) words have impacted, including those within my own crew, I apologise.”

You can read Gavin Konop’s full statement below:

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.