‘Riverdale’ Executive Producer Admits to Discrimination on the Show and Promises That Change Is Coming

by Jeremy Spirogis
Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Madchen Amick, Skeet Ulrich, and Vanessa Morgan

Racial inequality has all the time been prevalent in America however extra individuals at the moment are calling consideration to it after the brutal homicide of George Floyd. Now, celebrities are calling out racism and revealing their very own tales of experiencing discrimination. Vanessa Morgan, who performs Toni Topaz on Riverdale, lately spoke out towards the present and the way it portrays black individuals. After her claims obtained #hearvanessamorgan trending on Twitter, Riverdale govt producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa responded to the problems she introduced up.

Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Madchen Amick, Skeet Ulrich, and Vanessa Morgan
Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Madchen Amick, Skeet Ulrich, and Vanessa Morgan | Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED

What did Vanessa say?

Morgan took to Twitter on May 31 to reveal what was happening within the television business.

“Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous, or angry scary people,” she wrote in a note. “Tired of us also being used as sidekick non-dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show.” She captioned the be aware saying that she was accomplished being quiet.

When somebody talked about that not solely was Morgan including to the present’s range by being black, however she was additionally taking part in a bisexual character, Morgan revealed that she was the least paid.

“Lmao too bad I’m the only black series regular but also paid the least. Girl, I could go on for days,” she responded.

Later, she adopted up saying that she would battle for her black followers.

“To my black fans, I have now made it my purpose to fight for us,” she tweeted. “To the six-year-old me who had no role model that looked like me on TV. This is for you. We aren’t your token black non-dimensional characters. This is being black in Hollywood. I will fight for YOU.”

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After her tweet began gaining traction, she made positive to stay up for the remainder of the actors on the present.

“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 tweeted.

Fan responses

Fans shortly took Morgan’s facet and expressed the identical grievances with the storylines on Riverdale.

“You shamelessly wrote off many Black characters and you don’t even care about the ones who’re still on the show,” one individual wrote. “You treat your Black actors like sh*t and you don’t pay them equally. This blatant discrimination became painfully obvious now.”

“Riverdale S4 had 19 episodes,” one other individual wrote. “Vanessa was in 15. A lot you gonna say right? In 90% of them, she was in the background doing nothing. IF she had any lines, it would be 1-2 lines per episode or less. It keeps getting worse as the seasons go on.”

Riverdale exec responds

Days later, Morgan lastly obtained a public response.

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“We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right,” Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted. “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,” he continued. “As properly as all of our actors and characters of colour. CHANGE is going on and can proceed to occur. Riverdale will get greater, not smaller. Riverdale will probably be a part of the motion, not outdoors it. All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to @BLMLA, however we all know the place the work should occur for us. It’s within the author’s room.”

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