“Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is promising to make his present a extra numerous and inclusive house.
Aguirre-Sacasa made the pledge on social media after actress Vanessa Morgan referred to as out the CW drama collection on Twitter for its unfair remedy of black actors and stereotypical portrayal of black characters.
Morgan is presently the one black lead on the favored younger grownup collection and performs Toni Topaz. She joined “Riverdale” in Season 2.
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On Sunday, Morgan tweeted, “Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people. Tired of us also being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I’m not being [quiet] anymore.”
She added, “And I will no longer take roles that don’t properly represent us. PERIOD.”
Aguirre-Sacasa responded on Thursday. He wrote, “We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right. We’re sorry and we make the same promise to you that we did to her. We will do better to honor her and the character she plays. As well as all of our actors and characters of color.”
“CHANGE is happening and will continue to happen. Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it. All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to BLM, but we know where the work must happen for us. In the writers’ room,” Aguirre-Sacasa continued.
Morgan additionally mentioned on Twitter she felt like she was getting used because the “token biracial bisexual” on the present and alleged she was paid the least in contrast to her white co-stars.
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And she or he instructed her followers not to go after her castmates as a result of they “have my back.”
“My role on Riverdale has nothing to do with my fellow castmates/friends. They don’t write the show. So no need to attack them, they don’t call the shots & I know they have my back,” she mentioned.
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Fellow “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart commented, “We love you, V. And support you 10000%.”