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‘The Office’ Star Speaks Out After He’s Hit With Racist Abuse For Trying To Finance A Spin-Off

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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.

“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.”

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.”

Baker has received an outpouring of support in light of these racist attacks.

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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.

Mike Walsh

Written by Mike Walsh

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