Anyone who watched The Office remembers and probably loves Stanley Hudson, the most gruff employee of Dunder Mifflin, who created some unforgettable moments:
The actor behind Stanley, Leslie David Baker, has been trying to get a spin-off of The Office entitled Uncle Stan off the ground, even creating a Kickstarter campaign to get money moving on the project.
But his project hit an unexpected obstacle: racists openly messaging him with threats, slurs, and pictures of atrocities against black people.
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For those of you who don’t believe racism is still alive in the world… here’s the proof. Our goal has simply been to entertain and give the fans a quality series. These rants are evidence that there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done here in America regarding racism. Bigotry and hate will not be allowed to irradicate art or Black people. Enough said.
“These rants are evidence that there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done here in America regarding racism,” wrote Baker on his post.
“Bigotry and hate will not be allowed to irradicate [sic] art or Black people. Enough said.”
Leslie David Baker who played Stanley Hudson in The Office has started a crowdfunding campaign for a spin off series and this is how some people respond. Racism is real and deep rooted. pic.twitter.com/k3JFSxq6Xd
— Abdi (@abdiAVFC) August 11, 2020
NO WTF WHY ARE [email protected] GOING AFTER LESLIE DAVID BAKER??? HES THE MOST WHOLESOME AND ADORABLE HUMAN.
— stephanie (@crqkst) August 11, 2020
Wow. Just wow.
— Wayne The Cheesemaker.. (@WCheesemaker) August 13, 2020
— Amy O (@cheermom140) August 12, 2020
I’m upset to hear that racists went after Leslie David Baker who played Stanley in The Office #EndRacism
— Eric Madrid (@ericmadrid22) August 11, 2020
In response, the Kickstarter campaign also shared an update, addressing the racist messages.
“We have always been firm believers in not staying silent in the face of injustice. These disgusting hateful messages were sent to us via Instagram yesterday. Black Lives will always matter. If anyone agrees with ANY of the hate and bigotry that was in the messages sent to us, kindly remove yourself from this campaign.”
\ Seeing Leslie David Baker's IG post hurts my heart for him and everyone that deals with racism daily basis. Makes my blood boil seeing these pricks think they could get away with disgusting behavior. These wh*te trash heartless assh*les will get a rude awakening.
— (Not) John (@NotJKras) August 11, 2020
— Mark McLaughlin (@Artazen72) August 13, 2020
Wow. This is horrible to do to anyone. And for the record, I would have been a firm fan for “Uncle Stan”. #TheOffice
‘The Office' actor shares racist messages he received after pitching a spinoff for his character Stanley Hudsonhttps://t.co/ay7ZYbD81I
— 🇺🇸Syn🇺🇸 (@Syn_F) August 13, 2020
Your Daily OMG! All Leslie David Baker is trying to do is finance a spin-off of “The Office”. https://t.co/oiyK5fgjrq
— Paula Brown (@LiloStitchPaula) August 12, 2020
Baker has received an outpouring of support in light of these racist attacks.
So far, Uncle Stan has raised $334,364: $34,364 over its $300,000 goal.
The premise of the spin-off is:
“After enjoying his retirement in Florida, carving wood, enjoying the white sand beaches, and dancing to old disco, Uncle Stan (Leslie David Baker) gets a call from his nephew Lucky in Los Angeles asking for help with his two kids and running his motorcycle/flower shop. With his business failing, his kids growing up without enough attention, and on the brink of losing his patience with the cast of characters he has working in the shop, Lucky is going to need all the help he can get from no-nonsense Uncle Stan.”
The goal of the fundraiser was to create a half-hour pilot starring Baker.
We’re looking forward to seeing it, racists be damned.