Actuality star Kelechi Dyke, usually referred to as “Kelz,” is verbally skewering his former Netflix co-star David Birtwistle for utilizing him as a pawn to get a message throughout concerning racism and injustice.
Birtwistle, 28, shared a since-deleted post on Instagram Wednesday claiming to “stand” with Dyke — who’s black — and their different “Too Hot to Handle” co-star Bryce Hirschberg, who’s white, together with a caption to assist the Black Lives Matter motion.
“F–k standing on the sidelines. I stand with you, side by side against racism,” Birtwistle — who can be white — captioned the post in which he additionally addressed police brutality and the dying of Minneapolis man George Floyd, Page Six reported.
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Nonetheless, Dyke felt Birtwistle wasn’t being clear in his public assist and referred to as him out for his fakeness.
“Side by side? When I’ve asked you to share a video speaking out against Injustie [sic] and Racism. You read and ignore that message, but then post a photo with me (without having prior asked for my permission) like some POSTER Boy claiming you stand with me?” Dyke mentioned in response to the photograph, in accordance to the outlet.
Added Dyke: “I call you and message you to find out why you did this, and you dismissed me by calling me ‘PETTY’ pretending to not understand where I am coming from, saying because you’ve shared @sharrontownsendofficial photo means you are on my side?”
In his discord, Dyke referenced a social media post about racism shared by one other fellow “Too Hot to Handle” solid member Sharron Townsend, who can be black, which Birtwistle shared on his Instagram. Dyke mentioned he didn’t recognize being utilized by Birtwistle to additional his private picture.
“I don’t care about the share,” Dyke mentioned. “DO NOT use me to further your social media gains and to get likes, DO NOT use this movement of #blacklivesmatter because it’s a trending # for you.”
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Dyke later accused Birtwistle of eradicating his remark in lieu of eradicating the picture.
“I told @david.Birtwistle I was NOT comfortable with him using me as a prop for this post and instead of deleting the post, he deleted my comment,” he mentioned in his Instagram Story on Thursday. “Censorship at its FINEST.”
Dyke maintained that he wasn’t on board with anybody utilizing the Black Lives Matter motion as a technique of gaining clout for themselves.
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“It’s about time we call out the people who want to use us and the Black Lives Matter movement for their own personal gain and celebrity status,” he mentioned.
Birtwistle didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.