Hartley Sawyer, an actor on the favored CW superhero collection “The Flash,” has been fired after a slew of tweets, exhibiting references to racist rhetoric and misogynistic statements, have been unearthed on Twitter over the weekend.
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for Season 7 of The Flash,” The CW, producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions, and govt producer Eric Wallace stated in an announcement to Fox Information on Monday. “With reference to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we don’t tolerate derogatory remarks that focus on any race, ethnicity, nationwide origin, gender, or sexual orientation.
“Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce,” the assertion concludes.
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In a bevy of tweets — resurfaced by social media customers — a few of which date again to 2012 and span a few years into 2014, the now 35-year-old tweeted: “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.”
One other tweet read, “If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol,” and Sawyer additionally tweeted again in 2012, “Dozing off on my couch like a child molester/my brother.”
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The actor made plenty of references to assaulting girls and a further tweet learn, “date rape myself so I don’t have to masturbate.”
After the callous tweets surfaced, Hartley issued an apology to Instagram saying that his phrases have been meant to be taken evenly and “with an intent of humor.”
“I’m not here to make excuses – regardless of the intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences,” Sawyer started his apology.
He continued: “And mine can have and have caused pain and embarrassment, along with feelings I can only imagine, to supporters and fans, my cast mates, the crew my colleagues and friends. I owe them all an apology. And I owe each of you an apology. Thank you for holding me accountable.”
“My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable,” Hartley’s apology went on within the caption. “I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply.”
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Hartley, who joined the collection in 2017 as Ralph Dibney and “Elongated Man,” pressed on in his prolonged admission of remorse and added that he was “ashamed and disappointed” of his previous “ignorance.”
“This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today,” he wrote. “I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now.”
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He stated that over time he has since grown in his maturity and turn into a extra “responsible adult.”
“Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult – in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond,” he stated. “I’ve largely saved that journey personal, and that is one other method that I’ve let so many down. I nonetheless have extra work to do.
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“But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them,” Sawyer concluded. “I am very sorry.”
“The Flash” showrunner Eric Wallace additionally tweeted an announcement on Monday, stating that the tweets Sawyer wrote: “broke my coronary heart and made me mad as hell.” Wallace added that the tweets are “indicative of the bigger downside in our nation.”
He went on to say that: “I, too, am committed to bringing permanent change to the work environment here on THE FLASH. … I will continue to find Black and Brown writers, directors, actors and producers of all genders to help tell FLASH stories. Their stories are part of the American narrative, too, and must be heard. And the more you hear and see us, the more you will begin to recognize one simple fact: We’re human beings, too.”