‘Spider-Man’ actor links past racism to religious upbringing


The main actor of an upcoming fan-made Spider Man The film apologized for its past use of “offensive language” blaming it on his religious upbringing.

Warden Wayne is an actor who will play the role of Peter Parker in the next Spiderman: Lotus, a fan movie not associated with Sony, Marvel Studios or Disney. Wayne recently came under fire for posts he resurfaced which he admitted were “homophobic and racially insensitive”. In a lengthy apology posted to Twitter, he suggested his “conservative home” upbringing meant his ideas of right and wrong “were skewed”.

The writer and director of Spiderman: LotusGavin J. Konop, 18, has spoken out about Wayne’s past comments, saying he had “done everything in his power to hold him accountable”.

Actor Warden Wayne, star of the upcoming “Spider-Man: Lotus” fan film, has apologized for previous inappropriate language. Wayne is seen above next to the ‘Spider-Man: Lotus’ poster.
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Apology from Director Wayne

Actor Wayne posted a lengthy apology on social media on Sunday, explaining why he had previously said offensive things. Explaining his past mistakes, he wrote: “The groups I associated with online weren’t good people. But I wanted to fit in and have friends. So I lined up and tried to act in a manner of approval.”

He continued, “Which included offensive stuff for a backlash or ignorant jokes. I was an immature kid with too much time and no sense of integrity. I was stupid.”

Some of the resurfaced messages sent by Wayne include him repeatedly using the n-word. Wayne said he and his family, who live in small town Arkansas, have been associated with groups such as the Duggars, a well-known devoted Baptist family and the stars of TLC show business. 19 children and counting.

“I’m not advocating for anything. I take full responsibility and hold myself accountable. But I will say these posts are from many years ago when I was in high school,” he said in subsequent tweets. . Wayne, 22, went on to explain that the screenshots are recent, but the messages were sent years ago when he was a teenager.

Spiderman: Lotus screenwriter and director Konop wrote on Twitter that Wayne had been open with him about his “former ignorance”. He told fans that the film “was not created to perpetuate hatred, bigotry or racism. It was born to inspire [and] find hope.”

What is Spiderman: Lotus?

The upcoming movie Spiderman: Lotus is a fan-made, non-profit film slated for release later in 2022.

The film has a budget of $25,899, according to MyComicReport. The trailer for the film was released in October 2022 and currently has over 1.6 million views on Konop’s YouTube channel.

Fan-made comic book character movies aren’t a new phenomenon, but the quality of Konop’s endeavor has captured the attention of millions.

Spiderman: Lotus will tell the story of Peter Parker as he comes to terms with the tragic death of his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. He is called to meet a terminally ill child who wants to meet Spider-Man, while Peter wonders if he wants to continue his life as a web hero. The adaptation is based on a number of comic book tales, including The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man.

Konop told his Instagram followers last week that he was still working on editing the film and expected a “late summer or early fall” release.

Newsweek has reached out to Warden Wayne, Gavin J. Konop and Marvel Entertainment for comment.


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